Domaine de Beaurenard has been making upper echelon Chateaneuf du Pape for years, but I hadn’t had a Rasteau from them until I ordered it at Balthazar. Oooo was it good. This biodynamic baby Chateneauf danced in the glass with inviting aromas of black cherry, licorice and blackberry pie with a full body of silky supple fruit that all harmonized together beautifully. When I tell you it was the perfect compliment to the steak tartare, I mean it was a match made in heaven. I had to get a second glass before I finished the dish.
Upon getting home, I did a little homework. Turns out the wine experts had already gotten to it, with two 90+ scores to its credit. First came from The Wine Advocate who declared, “this biodynamically run estate’s 2018 Rasteau is a solid alternative for much less money”. Then came the 92-point review from Jeb Dunnuck who called the 80% Grenache, 17% syrah, 3% mourvedre blend, “terrific” as well as noting, “ with classic pepper, earth, and spice notes, it should easily be an outstanding wine.” It sure is.
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92 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
In addition to their brilliant Chateauneuf du Papes, this estate makes two terrific Rasteau. Their 2018 Rasteau offers a medium to full-bodied, fruit-forward, balanced style as well as the more blue fruit character that’s common in the vintage. With classic pepper, earth, and spice notes, it should easily be an outstanding wine.
90 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
While based in Châteaneuf du Pape, this biodynamically run estate’s 2018 Rasteau is a solid alternative for much less money. A blend of 80% Grenache, 17% Syrah and 3% Mourvèdre, it offers scents of sun-warmed stones, hints of garrigue and bold flavors of black cherries and blackberries. It’s medium to full-bodied and supple, with a round, silky feel on the palate. Hints of dark chocolate and a cocoa powder-like texture mark the lengthy finish.