Rasteau "Les Argiles Bleues" 2017

DOMAINE DE BEAURENARD

Rasteau "Les Argiles Bleues"
2017

  • Organic
Product code
830134
Format
12 x 750ml
Listing type
Allocated
Status
Available
Country
France
Regulated designation
Appellation origine controlée (AOC)
Region
Rhône Valley
Subregion
Southern Rhône
Appellation
Rasteau
Varietal(s)
Grenache 80 %
Syrah 20 %
Color
Red
Sugar
Dry
Closure type
Cork
Availability
Winery's website

About this winery

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...

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Notes about product

A selection of the best slope and terraced parcels, characterised by a marvellous blue-clay and chalk soil which imparts great depth and minerality to the wine. Varietal mix: 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah.

Winemaking notes

The grapes are destemmed, lightly crushed and fermented with natural yeast and undergo long vatting in order to fully extract the concentration achieved in the vineyards. Les Argiles Bleues has naturally dense tannins and undergoes maturation in new oak foudres for 15-18 months. This produces concentrated wines of finesse and elegance. The wine is bottled unfiltered at the estate, then stored in our underground cellar at constant temperature.

Tasting notes

An inexhaustible reservoir of mineral elements, Argiles Bleues is a wine of great finesse. A superb marriage of plush, juicy fruit, fine, delicate tannins, and phenomenal minerality.

*Revues de presse*

Jeb Dunnuck

- 93 points -

Jeb Dunnuck, September 2019

Even better, the 2017 Rasteau Les Argiles Bleues (80/20 Grenache and Syrah) just screams Rasteau with its ripe, chocolaty dark fruit and scorched earth aromas and flavors. It’s rich, has tons of minerality, medium to full body, and a great finish. It’s capable of lasting for over a decade.

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Wine Advocate

- 92 points -

October 2019

Could the 2017 Rasteau Argiles Bleues be even better than the excellent 2016? It's certainly a big step up from the regular 2017 bottling. Ripe notes of cola, plum and dried spices lead into a full-bodied, expansive palate that's rich and velvety in texture, finishing long and layered.

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