Rasteau 2014, Domaine de Beaurenard
80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. An elegant wine offering red fruits, spice and earthy notes on the nose, then a spicy, medium-bodied palate with notes of cherry.
The Coulon family at Domaine de Beaurenard combine ambition and modesty to winning effect. They have run this estate for seven generations (its history can be traced back even further, to 1695) and it currently consists of thirty-two hectares in Châteauneuf and twenty-five in Rasteau. All thirteen permitted varieties are found here, and the vines average forty-five years old. Considered one of the top ten producers in Rasteau.
What must have been infuriating for the growers from Rasteau is that their elevation from Villages to Cru status in 2010 - thus joining the ranks of their more illustrious neighbours Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas - coincided with when many domaines had already bottled their 2009's as Côtes du Rhone Villages. Therefore you will find bottles from this AC as Villages and Rasteau Appellation Contollée for the 2009 vintage! This domaine had already labelled their production as Villages, although officially it is a Cru.
(per case of 12 bottles)
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