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Chateauneuf-du-Pape

2018 Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Darkly coloured, deeply fruited - a promising start. Dense, concentrated and fairly tannic but with good freshness and great vibrancy of fruit. This has all it needs to age; it promises to be longer lived than most 2018s. The alcohol is the only thing holding it back from very long ageing - will poke out in time. A very good, classic, fresh clean style, not overly polished, but it has more energy than most in this vintage. Biodynamically-grown Grenache (66%), Syrah (15%) and Mourvèdre (10%), the rest being made up of Clairette Rose, Cinsault, Grenache Gris, Terret Noir, Picardan, Picpoul Blanc, Muscardin, Bourboulenc, Picpoul Noir, Vaccarèse, Roussanne, Picpoul Gris, Counoise and Clairette! They are grown on soils that are roughly one third each galets roulés, sand and chalk, and vinified mostly in stainless steel and tronconic wooden vats, then aged in oak barrels of various sizes and ages, including 5% new oak. Read more
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94 POINTS
Matt Walls - Decanter

Darkly coloured, deeply fruited - a promising start. Dense, concentrated and fairly tannic but with good freshness and great vibrancy of fruit. This has all it needs to age; it promises to be longer lived than most 2018s. The alcohol is the only thing holding it back from very long ageing - will poke out in time. A very good, classic, fresh clean style, not overly polished, but it has more energy than most in this vintage. Biodynamically-grown Grenache (66%), Syrah (15%) and Mourvèdre (10%), the rest being made up of Clairette Rose, Cinsault, Grenache Gris, Terret Noir, Picardan, Picpoul Blanc, Muscardin, Bourboulenc, Picpoul Noir, Vaccarèse, Roussanne, Picpoul Gris, Counoise and Clairette! They are grown on soils that are roughly one third each galets roulés, sand and chalk, and vinified mostly in stainless steel and tronconic wooden vats, then aged in oak barrels of various sizes and ages, including 5% new oak.

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93 POINTS
Wine Spectator

This is a rock-solid offering, with a core of dark fresh plum, succulent raspberry and gently steeped blackberry fruit flavors lined with graphite, anise and wood spice accents. Shows solid grip and nice energy for cellaring. Best from 2022 through 2035. 1,750 cases made, 250 cases imported.

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92 POINTS
Joe Czerwinski - Wine Advocate

Hints of roast meat and espresso are backed by plummy notes on the nose of the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape. It's a dense, concentrated and somewhat sturdy wine, full-bodied and muscular yet svelte, with blackberry and chocolate notes emerging on the long, silky-textured finish. Solidly built and nicely balanced, it should drink well for at least a decade.

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91 POINTS
Josh Raynolds - Vinous

Limpid ruby. Ripe red fruits, pungent flowers and a suggestion of garrigue on the perfumed nose. Sappy, expansive raspberry and bitter cherry flavors tighten up slowly with air. A spicy note appears on the long, gently chewy finish, which features a repeating cherry note and smooth, even tannins.

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Tasting Notes

A supple and refined texture associated with a delicate aromatic palate that is the resuly of a constant quest for freshness

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Winemakers Note

66% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 6% Cinsault, and other AOC permitted varieties. The grapes are destemmed, slightly crushed and placed in a fermentation vat. These steps, combined with long vatting (18 to 31 days), gently extract the maximum amount of phenolic constituents, tannins, anthocyans and resveratrol which give the wine its structure and colour. During the 15 months the wine spends in barrels and truncated vats, we continue to refine its structure to achieve balance and harmony.

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