99 Points, Jeb Dunnuck – 96 Points, Decanter
If you’re not familiar with the Coulon family and the Beaurenard name, they’re one of the longest tenured winemakers in the Southern Rhone and they helped to establish the Chateauneuf-du-Pape AOC.
Now in the hands of brothers brothers Frederic and Daniel Coulon, Domaine de Beaurenard has never been in such good hands. The winery has been a consistent critical darling over many, many years in the business – long before they graced the Thanksgiving cover of Wine Spectator in 2018.
In that same Wine Spectator issue – three of the top ten white Chateauneufs of the year went to Beaurenard. It’s a little taste of what these guys do.
But the Reds set the tone, especially in the past decade and with good reason. They’re always lights out.
99 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
The flagship from this great estate is the 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape Boisrenard, which is based on 80% Grenache and small doses of 17 other varieties. This deeply hued beauty offers a stunning bouquet of blackberries, scorched earth, licorice, ground pepper, and sappy garrigue. I always find a Burgundian-like texture on this wine, and the 2020 is no exception – this is one to put into a blind tasting of Grand Cru Red Burgundies and shock your friends. Medium to full-bodied, ultra-pure, with grippy, sappy tannins, flawless balance, and a great finish, it’s pure class all the way. It’s going to need at least 4-6 years of bottle age, but this is a wine you don’t want to miss, and one of the finest wines I’ve tasted from this estate.
96 Points, Decanter
Full and generous on the palate, no lack of fruit or depth here. Powerful and plentiful fine tannins and a great, rising sense of energy and freshness. Impressive, with real finesse and precision – no excess weight, but great surging intensity and freshness. Contains at least 1% of all the 18 possible varieties of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Grapes are grown across a variety of soil types in the lieux-dits Beau Renard, Cabrières and Coteau de l’Ange, vinified mostly in tronconic wooden vats, then aged in oak barrels of various sizes and ages, including 5% new oak.
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Joseph Faiveley Bourgogne Pinot Noir is a sensational value that is almost silly at this price point. It has much more of a $50-75/bottle pedigree, but it speaks to just how good of an estate this is.This wine has super fresh, lively red-fruit aromas on the nose, and the cleanest fruit on the mouth. It’s elegant with ripe fruit and some great structure and balance. A home run of a Pinot in this range.
Lydia Cornu’s newly released Haut-Côtes-du-Beaune is quintessential Red Burgundy. It’s made from super old vines and a low yield, with no new oak in the aging process. The wine is an absolute joy to drink– a bowl full of berries on the nose, high-toned, racy fruit in the mid palate with the structure and length that is the hallmark of Cornu-Camus wines. It’s delicious now and will be delicious in a decade. It’s the kind of Red Burgundy value that is ridiculous hard to match.
93 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 93 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
“Vignon’s 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape delivers even more than I hoped for based on a previous sample. Hints of garrigue, roses, cherries and raspberries appear on the nose, while the palate is full-bodied, silky and long, with an intense, almost briny finish. The assemblage is 50% Grenache, 10% each Mourvèdre and Syrah, plus smaller proportions of seven other permitted varieties, while the élevage includes foudres, demi-muids, concrete and wooden tanks, plus terracotta amphorae.”