Domaine de Beaurenard, Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010
Made from an identical blend, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape is more interesting. It exhibits a deep plum/ruby color along with attractive black cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with sweet licorice, white chocolate and tobacco leaf notes. Medium-bodied and elegant, it is best consumed in its first decade of life.
Given how many superb wines have been made by the Coulon family at Beaurenard, the 2011s and 2010s are somewhat of a let down. One of the oldest estates in the region (they have records going back to 1695), Beaurenard was among the first to begin using small new oak for their top cuvee. That was over 25 years ago. The Coulons are extremely generous and it is well-worth a visit given their library of ancient vintages.
Country/Region: Cotes du Rhone, France
Grape Variety: 13 varieties of the appellation, predominantly Grenache.
Bottle Size: 750ml
Ratings: RP 88