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In the 14th century, during their stays in Avignon, the popes – 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. A notarial act dated 16 December 1695 mentions “Bois Renard”, which over time has become “Beaurenard”. It has been a family-run estate for seven...
- 96 Points -
- #41 - Top 100 Wines of 2017 -
The 2015 'Boisrenard' Blanc is one of the most impressive blancs I have tasted from this vintage. It is a wonderful blend of predominately Clairette and Roussane, along with Grenache blanc, Bourboulenc, Picpoul and Picardan which opens to striking aromas of lemon, and tangerine, woven together with fresh spring flowers, sliced almond and crushed stones which all come together beautifully in the glass. It possesses a wonderful round, seamless texture, with remarkable balance and lovely mineral laced core. While this is already simply delightful it should continue to evolve for years to come.See detailed press review
- 94 Points -
Jeb Dunnuck, October 2016
Even better than the base cuvee and up with the top whites in the appellation, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Boisrenard Blanc is a field blend of mostly Clairette and Roussanne (smaller amounts of Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Picpoul and Picardan) that was fermented and aged in barrel (20% being new). Tight, backwards and reserved, yet with tons of potential, this beauty gives up notes of ripe citrus, crushed rocks, spice and a hint of oak on the nose. Concentrated, fresh and impeccably balanced, it needs a year or so of bottle age and will evolve for a decade or more.See detailed press review