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27 juillet 2009 1 27 /07 /juillet /2009 12:08

Insider Special Report : 2007 Châteauneuf du Pape

The bulk of the 2007 Châteauneuf du Pape reds from France’s Southern Rhône Valley are now arriving, and the vintage is a hedonist’s dream, offering opulent fruit and inviting textures. Most of the wines will have the stuffing to last past that, but this vintage is not at all like 2005, a year loaded with cellar-worthy backbone.

Yes, a few wines teeter on jammy and only the top tier display the full range of terroir-driven notes of iron,loam, graphite and more that Châteauneuf can offer, instead, the 2007 vintage is all about fruit, plum, raspberry and fig- with remarkably silky textures that belie the sometimes heady power and alcohol of these wines.




Châteauneuf du Pape 2007

91 points / $45 / 8.330 cases made / Red


Fresh and forward, with rounded texture and slightly jammy notes of plum, fig and blackberry fruit laid softly over a mineral streak. Open and juicy through the finish, picking up blueberry and fruitcake hints that balance the forward fruit. Drink now through 2019.- JM







Châteauneuf du Pape Boisrenard 2007

95 points / $85 / 1,665 cases made / Red


Ripe, with lush crème de cassis and crushed plum fruit, showing excellent focus and drive, with racy acidity and taut, licorice-tinged structure. Turns flashy and exotic on the finish, with mulled blue-berry, incense and fruitcake notes over impressive, graphite-filled grip. Best from 2010 through 2030. From France-JM
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29 mai 2009 5 29 /05 /mai /2009 12:17


Sélection Vaucluse

Domaine de Beaurenard
Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2008
Médaillé d'Or Concours Général Agricole

Est-ce soupçon de picardan qui lui donne son piment ? En tout cas, ce chateauneuf du pape (24€) (clairette, bourboulebc, roussanne et picpoul...) que l'on devrait garder, affiche aujourd'hui un charme coquin. Effluves légers de jacinthe, puis coriandre, palais fin sur les épices fraîches, matière tendue. Un séducteur en flacon, on lui accorde les grâces d'un turbot à l'eau sel.

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14 avril 2009 2 14 /04 /avril /2009 15:33

Jean Le Cam : « Eric Tabarly m’a initié au  Châteauneuf - du - pape »



Le bateau du navigateur breton a chaviré pendant le dernier Vendée Globe, l’obligeant à abandonner au large du cap Horn.

Le FigaroAviez –vous eu le temps de fêter la nouvelle année à bord du « VM Matériaux » ?

Jean LE CAM. – J’avais débouché un bordeaux dont j’avais bu un verre. Avant mon départ, le propriétaire du château Teynac m’avait offert six bouteilles que je gardais précieusement. Quand j’ai chaviré le 6 janvier, j’ai tout perdu. Une caisse de saint julien vogue quelque part au large du cap Horn

Le marin breton aime t-il boire du vin en mer ?

Le vin représente la convivialité, le partage. En mer, c’est plus difficile. La course en solitaire ne sied pas au vin. J’apprécie davantage le vin à terre.


Que représente t-il pour vous ?

Le vin permet de voyager d’un endroit à un autre ou dans le temps, à travers les millésimes.


Faites-vous des découvertes ?

Quand je fais escale dans le pays, je suis curieux de goûter les vins chiliens et argentins.

J’aime les très bons champagnes, les bourgognes et les vins du Centre-Loire, comme les menetou-salon.


Gardez vous un souvenir lié au vin ?

J’avais 21 ans. Pendant mon service militaire, j’ai navigué avec Tabarly en 1981, la Whitbread, un tour du monde sur le Pen Duick VI puis la Transat en double, Saint Barth-Lorient. Il avait été intronisé « Chevalier de Chateauneuf du Pape par l’Echansonnerie des Pape ». Il m’a fait aimer ce vin.


Quels prochains défis ?

Un livre sur mes trente ans de courses au large puis la Transat Jacques Vabre en novembre 2009 et la Route du rhum en 2010.



Propos recueillis par Claudine ABITBOL.

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16 mars 2009 1 16 /03 /mars /2009 12:32

Wine Spectator Blog

Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Across the street is


Domaine de Beaurenard, where some of the good old boys of the appellation, brothers Daniel and Frédéric Coulon produce both superb red and white bottlings. Previous cellar note entries can be found here and here for this domaine, which combines old fashion hard work (some parcels are still plowed by horse) with a dash of modernity (some new oak) to create distinctive wines.

Two overlooked bottlings are the domaine’s Côtes du Rhône-Villages Rasteau 2007 and Côtes du Rhône-Villages Rasteau Cuvée Les Argiles Bleues 2007.
The former, a blend of 80 percent Grenache with Syrah, shows delightful blueberry and raspberry fruit, with a fresh, spice box-filled finish. The latter (made from the same 80/20 Grenache/Syrah mix) is sourced from 45-year-old vines on blue clay soils and delivers its typical blueberry cobbler aroma, along with Linzer torte, cocoa and graphite notes and a long, stylish finish. Both are potentially outstanding.

The Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007 has been blended and is awaiting its mis. It’s fine-grained and elegant for the vintage, with red, black and purple fruits laid over a mouthwatering graphite note. The Châteauneuf-du-Pape Boisrenard 2007 is the domaine’s top cuvée, sourced from the Coulons' oldest vines. The blend has almost been finalized and is slated to be bottled in May. It shows the flashy spice and inviting mocha aromatics it’s known for, but it has already completely absorbed its oak (it is aged in barrel, 20 percent of which is new oak).

“The ’07 married with the oak right away,” said Frédéric.

The wine shows gorgeous mouthfeel, along with Turkish coffee, date bread, currant paste and warm fig sauce notes. It should rival the estate’s sublime 2001 for top honors in the history of the cuvée, which debuted in 1990.
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28 janvier 2009 3 28 /01 /janvier /2009 08:54

92 – 95

2007 Domaine de Beaurenard Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Boisrenard

Deep red. Captivating bouquet of sexy Christmas spices, black raspberry, vanilla bean and cola. Lush and strikingly, concentrated, offering precise red and dark berry flavors, tangy mineral snap and a jolt of candied flowers on the back. Very suave wine with outstanding finishing clarity and punch.



2006 Domaine de Beaurenard Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Boisrenard

($92) Vivid red. Sexy scents of black raspberry, minerals and rose. Nervy strawberry and raspberry flavors are impressively concentrated and focused, gaining richness with air. The finish is invitingly juicy, with lingering red fruit flavors. (Various importers, including Lauber Imports, New York NY)



2007 Domaine de Beaurenard Châteauneuf du Pape

Deep, bright red. Seductively perfumed aromas of raspberry, cherry-cola and baking spices; smells like a sexy New World pinot noir. Velvety red berry flavors show very good depth and sweetness, with bracing minerality lending urgency. Finishes sweet, focused and juicy, with a repeating note of raspberry. I could drink this now.



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17 décembre 2008 3 17 /12 /décembre /2008 10:39


The Excellent 2006s and Vintage of a Lifetime 2007s

By Robert M. Parker, Jr.




    2007 – Throughout the southern Rhône, 2007 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in my thirty years working in that region. In a future issue, my enthusiastic notes about Gigondas, Vacqueras, and the other Côtes du Rhônes will be published. Nearly every producer has attained largely unprecedented levels of quality. Moreover, the vintage is remarkably consistent from top ti bottom.

As for Châteauneuf du Ppape, that appellation has had an unprecedented succession of superlative vintages. Forgetting the historic washout in 2002, every vintage between 1998 and 2007 has had both high quality and something different to offer stylistically. Where does 2007 fit. Think of 2007 as a hypothetical blend of an opulent, powerful, sumptuous years such as 1990, and a cooler drought vintage such as 2001. The cool weather and the remarkable three weeks of Mistral in September that concentrated the grapes without any spikes of high heat appears to have given the 2007s an aromatic dimension and freshness that I have rarely witnessed.Combine that with wines that are substantial, powerful, and relatively high in alcohol, with super depth of fruit! These are very aromatic wines of great concentration, freshness, laser-like focus, and amazing purity as well as depth. It is the vintage of my lifetime for this region, and I don’t say that lightly. These 2007s will also be very long-lived given their extraordinary balance.

In terms of climate, it was a cooler than normal vintage, and Châteauneuf du Ppape experienced a severe drought between late spring and the end of september. This ,plus the three weeks of Mistral, and the lack of any heat spells concentrated the grapes to extraordinary levels, and also provided the remarkable aromatic profiles and stunning freshness and vibrancy found in the 2007s.


    2006 -  As I indicated last years, this vintage has turned out significantly better than I had initially expected. It  is also an exceptional vintage for the white wines. The reds are fullbodieed, charming, and fruity, with relatively low acidity and ripe tannin. They are in total contrast to the behemoth, massive 2005s, but because of their terrific balance, immediate accessibility, purity, and superb aromatic profiles, this will be an underrated vintage, especially since it is stuck between the bigger, more muscular, masculine 2005s and the historic 2007s.The 2006s are fruit-forward and charming and the finest efforts are stunning. I believe they will age much longer than many people suspect given their intrinsic equilibrium/harmony.



CHATEAU DE BEAURENARD   2007   CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE                                                       (not yet released)  RED  (88-91)

CHATEAU DE BEAURENARD   2006   CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE                                                                ($50.00)      RED         88

CHATEAU DE BEAURENARD   2007   CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE BOISRENARD                  (not yet released)  RED  (90-94)

CHATEAU DE BEAURENARD   2006   CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE BOISRENARD                          ($85.00)       RED         92

CHATEAU DE BEAURENARD   2007   COTES DU RHONE                                                                            ($16.00)       RED         85

CHATEAU DE BEAURENARD   2007   COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES RASTEAU                              (not yet released)    RED        88




     One of the oldest estate bottlers of Châteauneuf du Pape, the Coulon family boasts an extraordinary track record of making wine. They were one of the first to offer a luxury cuvée, called Boisrenard.

The Châteauneuf du Pape (a blend of 70% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, 8%

Cinsault, and the rest various authorized varietals) spends time in both small barrel and foudre. The 2007 Châteauneuf du Pape exhibits pure black raspberry and sweet fruit along with a supple texture, medium to full body, and gorgeous purity as well as length. It will be a lovely wine to drink at a surprisingly early age for a Beaurenard. It should evolve for 10-12 years. The beefier, more modern-styled 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvée Boisrenard, which comes from 60 to 100 years old vines, is meant to represent a symphony of the 13 différent varietals permitted by law in this appellation. Dominated by grenache, it is aged 18 months in small barrels, most of them old. The full-bodied 2007 is extremely elegant (no doubt because of the coolness of the vintage), exhiblting a deep ruby/purple hue in addition to exquisite aromas of graphite, vanilla, blackberries, and blueberries. I have been purchasing this cuvée for many vintages, and with 8-10 years of cellaring, it becomes a classic Provençal and Châteauneuf du Pape offering. The 2007 should evolve for 15 or more years.

The dark ruby/plum-tinged 2006 Châteauneuf du Pape’s tarry, black currant-scented bouquet reveals notions of truffles and meaty/animal-like scents. Medium to full-bodied with good ripeness, an attractive texture, and spicy, heady finish, it can be consumed over the next 7-8 years.


       The impressive 2006 Châteauneuf du Pape Boisrenard offers up aromas of black cherries, licorice, tar, earth, and spicy oak in the background. It is full-bodied and dense, with outstanding concentration, sweet but noticeable tannin, and plenty of spice and earth notes. Anticipated maturity : 2010-2024.

The 2007 Côtes du Rhône is a straightforward, pleasant, attractive effort offering loads of fruit, but not much complexity. Readers looking for more earth, chocolate, and berry fruit characteristics should check out the fuller, deeper, slightly more rustic, but also more interesting, personality-filled, dark ruby/purple-tinged 2007 Côtes du Rhône Villages Rasteau. A sleeper of the vintage (and usually one the fine of the finest wines from this appellation) is the 2007 Côtes du Rhône Villages Rasteau Argiles Bleus. This old vine Grenache from the appellation’s famous blue clay soils exhibits an inky/plum/purple color as well as a highly extracted nose of black fruits, earth, vitamins, and chocolate. Deep, fuul-bodled, powerful, and rich, this wine will benefit from 1-2 years of bottle age, and should keep for a minimum of 7-8 years. At the time of writing, Domaine de Beaurenard was in the process of changing importers, having lost nearly 250,000 euros when they were not plaid for the sale of their 2005s.

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29 octobre 2008 3 29 /10 /octobre /2008 10:07


Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2006   $56


This has a nice brawny undertow of chestnut and grilled beef, with top layers of dark fig, licorice and coffee. Solid flesh surrounds it all, and the finish is long and well-structured. Best from 2009 through 2023. 300 cases imported.—J.M



Châteauneuf-du-Pape Boisrenard 2006   $97


Gorgeous aromas of warm cocoa, mesquite and fig sauce are fol­lowed by a rich, silky palate that lets dark fruit, graphite, Turkish coffee and bittersweet cocoa run through the lengthy finish. This is not shy about its toast, but it’s well-integrated. Best from 2010 through 2028. From France. 60 cases imported J.M.

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9 septembre 2008 2 09 /09 /septembre /2008 12:53



Ce domaine fait partie des « modernistes » de Châteauneuf-du-Pape ; les vins rouges sont souvent sombres, plus denses et plus puissants que fruités, dans un style austère. On a le sentiment qu’ici, on va chercher la « mortification du fruit », selon l’œnologue Jacques Lardière, pour n’extraire avec des cuvaisons longues que la quintessence du terroir à travers la peau et le pépin. Cela donne des vins difficiles dans leur jeunesses, qui demandent de la patience pour se révéler. La cuvée de prestige baptisée Boisrenard possède un corps massif mais structuré, avec un élevage fort présent ici, d’où un vin qui a parfois du mal à trouver un équilibre parfait. La propriété possède aussi de beaux terroirs à Rasteau, où elle produit l’un des vins majeurs de l’appellation.

Après un jugement peu être un peu sévère l’an passé sur les vins des frères Coulon, nous sommes allés voir leurs intentions pour mieux appréhender le style recherché. Ici, il faut s’attendre à de la droiture, de la densité dans un corps élancé, mais certainement pas au plaisir du fruits. Un style pour amateurs de vin strict.

Les vins : le Châteauneuf-du-Pape blanc Boisrenard 2005 est un rien habillé par son élevage, mais s’équilibre par un fruit mûr, généreux et dense. Le blanc classique 2007 s’impose par sa fraîcheur et son énergie. Si le Châteauneuf 2006 est puissant, minéral, structuré et épuré, il est davantage saillant que soyeux en bouche. La cuvée Boisrenard 2006 est encore plus pointue, avec une note graphite et des tanins plus présents mais également plus mûrs. Le 2005 se montre plus ciselé et accuse une pointe de chaleur à peine marquée en fin de bouche.


£ Châteauneuf-du-pape Boisrenard  Blanc 2005

¢ Châteauneuf-du-pape Boisrenard 2006

¢ Châteauneuf-du-pape Boisrenard 2005

¢ Châteauneuf-du-pape 2006

¢ Côtes du Rhône Villages Rasteau Argiles Bleues 2006

¢ Côtes du Rhône Villages Rasteau Argiles Bleues 2005

¢ Côtes du Rhône Village Rasteau 2006


Rouge : 51,4 hectares.

Grenache 70 % Mourvèdre 10 % Syrah 10 % Cinsault 8 % Divers 2%

Blanc : 3,5 hectares

Clairette 30 % Bourboulenc 25 % Roussanne 22 % Grenache 20 % Picpoul 3 %

Production Moyenne : 240 000 bt/an



Avenue Pierre de Luxembourg - 84231 Châteauneuf-du-pape

Tél. : – Fax :

Email : paul.coulon@beaurenard.fr

Site : www.beaurenard.fr

Vente : au domaine

Visite : au domaine

Du lundi au samedi de 9h à 12h et de 13h30 à 17h30

Propriétaire : Daniel et Frédéric COULON

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21 mars 2008 5 21 /03 /mars /2008 08:06






96  -  Châteauneuf du Pape Boisrenard Rouge 2005


This lush beauty really tames the rugged structure of the vintage, offering gorgeous boysenberry and raspberry confiture layered with mocha, Tukish coffe, licorice and fig paste notes.

The long finish has great grip,though it’s remarkably well-embedded, allowing the exotic spice notes to linger beautifully. Best from 2010 through 2030. 50 cases imported.








92  -  Châteauneuf du Pape Domaine de Beaurenard Rouge 2005


This has lots of juicy grip, with a strong, biary undertow supporting red and black licorice, hot stone currant paste, tobacco and chestnut notes. The long, muscular finish is typical of the vintage. Best from 2010 through 2025. 100 cases imported.


90  -  Côtes du Rhône Village Rasteau  « Cuvée Les Argiles Bleues » Rouge 2005


Offers a delicious mix of raspberry, blueberry and boysenberry fruit, all layered with sweet spice, incense and mineral notes. Almost flashy, but this is kept honest by the racy, graphite-tinged finish. Drink now through 2010.100 cases imported.


89  -  Côtes du Rhône Village Rasteau Rouge 2005


Toasty, with a slightly firm layer of cocoa powder driving black currant, fig and loam notes. The long, smoky finish is slightly chewy but has good drive. Drink now trough 2009. 150 cases imported.


87  -  Côtes du Rhône 2006


An open-knit, elegant style, with notes of raisin, plum, sandallwood and licorice root supported by tannins that are ample but round and supple.Drink now. 200 cases imported.


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27 février 2008 3 27 /02 /février /2008 18:03
Couverture Revue du Vin de France mars 2008Au sommaire : Châteauneuf-du-Pape : Les secrets d'une longévité. Sommaire Revue du Vin de France mars 2008

page 32, Chateauneuf-du-Pape : les secrets d'une longévité.

8 pages sur Châteauneuf-du-Pape signées Roberto Petronio, dont voici un extrait concernant le DOMAINE DE BEAURENARD :
Autre domaine, autre style. Car même dans cette famille modèle, la variété des genres fait force de loi. Ainsi au Domaine de Beaurenard, on va chercher la matière jusque dans le pépin d'un raisin issu pour tiers des vignes plantées sur les calcaires de l'Urgonien. Dans cette roche blanche naissent des Châteauneuf-du-Pape noirs, élancés, aussi sauvage que le maquis environnant. Une note de graphite donne la marque du terroir de manière constante. De l'énergique 2001 au 1985 assagi, en passant par le 1974, éclatant de fruit, tous portent la même "marque de fabrique". Le magnifique 1967 avait exploré une autre voie : la vinification en grappes entières. Cette méthode, autorisée par un splendide millésime à Chateauneuf, a doté le vin d'une légère acidité volatile qui a favorisé une tenue exceptionnelle dans le temps.

Daniel COULON, du Domaine de Beaurenard, exhibe fièrement un double magnum de 1967 dans sa cave de vieillissement

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