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Region: France
Varietal: Red Rhone Blend

Vintage: 2016

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RATINGS: 90pts Jeb Dunnuck

In the 14th century, during their stays in Avignon, the popes - especially Pope John XXII - built a papal castle in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Impressed by the areaƒ??s exceptional soils, they established vineyards on the slopes surrounding the chateau and were instrumental in promoting the local wineƒ??s reputation around the world. A notarial act dated 16 December 1695 mentions ƒ??Bois Renardƒ??, which over time has become ƒ??Beaurenardƒ??. It has been a family-run estate for seven generations now. The estate covers 32 hectares of vines in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and 25 hectares in the Cotes du Rhone-Villages and Rasteau AOC area. The Coulon brothers, Daniel and Frederic, have taken over from Paul and Regine and are striving to sustain tradition. The Domaine is home to the ƒ??Symphony of 13 varietiesƒ?? typical of this AOC, which provide aromatic complexity, strength and balance. The 13 grape varieties, the pebbles, the sun and the Mistral have been joining forces for centuries to give birth to each vintage of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation. Its terroir is unique in that large sun-warmed stones diffuse a gentle, providential heat that helps the grapes to mature and their juice to concentrate.

Tasting Notes: Jeb Dunnuck 90 points - Last of the 2016s, the 2016 Rasteau looks to be another terrific vintage for this cuvee. Made from 80% Grenache, 17% Syrah and the balance Mourvedre, itƒ??s a big, ripe, full-bodied effort that offers classic notes of black cherries, scorched earth, peppery herbs, and charcoal. It should certainly be an outstanding wine and I suspect will last nicely through 2026..October/2017

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