Domaine de Beaurenard

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Overview

Domaine de Beaurenard has been a family-run estate for seven generations. Currently overseen by brothers Frédéric and Daniel Coulon, Domaine de Beaurenard has been producing certified biodynamic wines on more than 150 acres of this celebrated terroir since 2010. Daniel’s sons Victor and Antonin represent the next generation of a winemaking family uniquely dedicated to producing the most essential expressions of this historic region, long sought-after by discerning collectors and enthusiasts around the globe.

In addition to its state-of-the-art production facilities, Domaine de Beaurenard features an on-site musée du vigneron, or winegrower’s museum, where visitors can trace the earliest history of this long-admired growing region and learn more about what makes Châteauneuf-du-Pape among the most celebrated on the French market.

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History

In the 14th century, during their stays in Avignon, the popes – and especially Pope John XXII – built a papal castle in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Impressed by the area’s exceptional soils, they established vineyards on the slopes surrounding the château and were instrumental in promoting the local wine’s reputation around the world.

Domaine de Beaurenard has been a family-run estate for seven generations. A notarial act dated 16 December 1695 mentions “Bois Renard”, which over time has become “Beaurenard”.

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Terroir

The pebbles the 13 grape varieties the sun and the Mistral have been joining forces for centuries to give birth to each vintage of the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation. The terroir of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is unique: here the large sun-warmed stones diffuse a gentle, providential heat that helps the grapes to mature and their juice to concentrate.

The vines are 45 years ld on average, and their yield in Châteauneuf  varies from 15-35hl/ha.The Rasteau vines are planted in clay-chalk soil with a blue-clay subsoil, on fully south-facing slopes and terraces. Yields are low : 25-38 hl/ha.

Sustainability

All of Domaine de Beaurenard’s vines (60ha) are cultivated organically (Ecocert certified) and biodynamically (Demeter certified), without synthetic chemicals. The vines are thus attuned to nature, lunar and planetary cycles, and the rhythms of the cosmos.

At key moments, they apply biodynamic preparations (born dung, dung compost, silica, etc.) that strengthen the vines’s natural defenses. To further fortify them, plant-tea sprays (nettle, yarrow, horsetail, camomile) are regularly dispensed. In the vineyards, these methods involve working the soil without herbicides, spreading carefully-dynamised manure, and maintaining sensible grass cover (according to climatic conditions).

The creation of a conservatory with the 13 grape varieties allowed by the appellation, procured from the estate’s oldest vines, also promotes biodiversity. The varieties were selected over a five-year period and splice-grafted in a plot where the soil had been resting for 12 years.In doing this, the domaine aimed primarily to safeguard a natural genetic heritage that is particularly well adapted to the terroir.

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