Domaine de Beaurenard Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Boisrenard 2012
|Region||France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape|
|Brand||Domaine de Beaurenard|
Wine SpectatorOffers a grippy feel, with taut licorice and tar notes stretching from start to finish. Ripe plum, raspberry and blackberry fruit flavors fill in the core, while hints of anise and juniper hang in the background. The finish reveals a bolt of graphite. Should age very nicely. Best from 2015 through 2030. 125 cases imported.
Wine AdvocateA step up over the classic cuvée, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Boisrenard, which is mostly old-vine Grenache yet incorporates all 13 of the allowed varieties, leans heavily toward the more fresh, focused and elegant end of the spectrum. Giving up notions of spice-box, dried licorice and mulled black berry fruits, it's an outstanding effort, yet I can't help but think this cuvée was more impressive in the past when it had more power and richness. Nevertheless, it should drink nicely for 10-12 years.