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 generations now. The estate covers 32 hectares of vines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and 25 hectares in the Côtes du Rhône-Villages and Rasteau AOC area. The Coulon brothers, Daniel and Frédéric, have taken over from Paul and Régine and are striving to sustain tradition. The Domaine is home to the "Symphony of 13 varieties" 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 Châteauneuf-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.

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Another property that has been producing wines with greater elegance and less bombast in recent vintages, Beaurenard's recent and upcoming releases are among the most satisfying bottlings I've ever drunk from this domain.

February 2015