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2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Part One: The Superb "Boisrenard," Plus Beaurenard, Charvin and Ferrand! And Two Sensational 16s...

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We have recently tasted a few superb 2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and by all accounts this is a vintage to buy, with the "regular" cuvées providing good early drinking and the more serious wines capable of long-term aging.

"2019 is a very good, very attractive vintage for the reds of CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE" says our friend John Livingstone-Learmonth of drinkrhone.com. "It is better than 2017 and 2018, possesses better balance than those two years, and across the board is superior to 2020, as well, from what my reliable sources tell me.

"The most likeable aspect of the vintage is the appealing texture, a suave filling, with fruit that is clear and rolling. Tannins fit in well, and allow good extension to the finishes. These are not wines with the brooding intensity of the mighty 2016s, and will be approachable in relatively short order, albeit with the potential to evolve well into the 2040s."

"Despite the dry conditions of the middle summer onwards, the wines have avoided dry tannins, faring better in that respect than the noticeably rather demanding 2017s. Even though the summer months were very dry, two factors allowed the vineyards to handle those conditions. First, the winter 2018-19 rains were abundant, so reserves were good in the subsoils. Second, as the Grenache notably was slow to ripen its skins - no surprise given the drought - there came only very moderate rain at the time of the autumn equinox, with just 20 mm (0.8 in) on 22 September. The gentle 2019 fall opened the way for the phenolic ripening to complete itself, cosy tannins the result, and harvest dates often running into late September or early October."

While we have enjoyed many 2018s for their supple and forward fruit, and many 2017s for their weight and structure, it's clear that 2019 is a superior vintage especially for those with patience...

drinkrhone.com has awarded it's top 6-star review to only two wines from the 2019 vintage - the Domaine Marcoux Vieilles Vignes and the Domaine Beaurenard "Boisrenard." We tasted the "Boisrenard" last week and it is indeed a magnificent wine! Our review from John McIlwain:  "The robe is a concentrated mullbery purple hue. The nose is floral and exotic without going overboard—featuring aromas of violets, plum skin, hibiscus, and spicebox, as well as leather, game and garrique. And there’s a bit of wood framing things, but no sense of heavy-handedness. Everything is beautifully knit. The palate is rich and supple on the attack with good freshness in contrast to the ripe lush fruit with a fine core of mineral tension lending gravitas and keeping the wine in equipoise. And about that fruit! Mullberry, plum, dark cherry, blood orange and cherry stone culminating in a long, succulent finish that fans out with exotic spice, sandalwood, and earth notes. There is plenty of tension and nuance here with fine energy to carry the ripeness and there is no sense of heat or over-extraction. This is exquisite and will benefit from 7-12 years in the cellar and drink for a decade or more beyond. Truly lovely Châteauneuf and well worth a look."

"A wine to celebrate an important day from 2019 in 25 years’ time. Drink until 2050-52" (www.drinkrhone.com)

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The vineyards of Domaine de Beaurenard are certified organic and Biodynamic and are blessed with a high proportion of old vines. ("Boisrenard" is mostly from parcels planted between 1902 and 1935.) We also enjoyed the 2019 "regular" Beaurenard Chateauneuf-du-Pape which showed elegant, floral red and black fruits with a focused, silky palate and terrific length - really a lovely CDP to drink now, with a decant, and over the next 15 to 20 years. Beaurenard made a lovely Cotes-du-Rhone in 2020, from 50 year-old vines at Rasteau - it's beautifully open and ready, showing surprising complexity and length - a delicious junior CDP to drink over the next five years.

Laurent Charvin

The wines of Laurent Charvin have always been among our very favorites at Chambers Street. The estate has always worked well in the vines and is now certified organic; fermentations are with whole clusters and aging is in concrete vats, making this a very traditional style of Châteauneuf. The cépages are 85% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Vaccarèse, 5% Syrah, in soils of sand, clay/limestone and "galets roulets" terroirs. We have always enjoyed the complex, pretty aromatics and silky texture of Charvin's wine and our brief taste of the 2019 confirmed that this is a excellent vintage for this classic Chateauneuf, showing a cooler, brighter style than many wines in this rather dense vintage. We also heartily recommend the 2019 Côtes-du-Rhône "Le Poutet" (also whole-cluster fermentation and aging in cement) which is another great success in 2019, a bit more serious and structured than the 2018.

 

 

 

Philippe & Mireille Bravay of  Domaine de Ferrand

Philippe Bravay at Domaine de Ferrand is another grower who produces an outstanding traditional Châteauneuf from his 7.5 hectares of very old vines (50 to 115 years-old) in the northern sector on sandy and galets roulets soils. Primarily Grenache, with small amounts of Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvedre and Bourboulenc. Farming here has always been with organic methods, though not certified, and vinification and aging is in concrete vats, with minimal use of SO2. We haven't yet tasted the 2019 but apparently it's on the mark this year. "Full red colour; the nose has a biscuity, crushed nutshells air, red berry and plum fruit at its centre, with a discreet floral, scented presence that appeals. The palate bustles with vigour on the attack, mixes its thrusting content with live tannins that need time to refine. There is a lot in the locker in this very genuine Châteauneuf, and it represents its place well, this quartier near Orange. There is implicit power and strength on the persistent finish. Drink from 2024 uuntil 2047." - drinkrhone.com

2016!

"2016 is a fabulous vintage at CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE. The Royal appellation of the Southern Rhône can truly strut its multi-coloured, fascinating robes this year, a dazzle of pleasure to the eye and to all the senses. The wines are full of bounty, are aromatic, possess certain content, ripe tannins, and, hallelujah, are BALANCED. 2016 aligns itself with 1978, and notably with 1990," (drinkrhone.com)  We're happy to offer two of the top wines from this excellent vintage...

"Grand Pin" within Pignan and "Guigasse"

Chapelle Saint-Theodoric is a project of importer Peter Weygandt with winemaker Baptiste Grangeon. The domain is comprised of two parcels; one in the lieu-dit "La Guigasse," which is a pure sand soil and where the vines (all Grenache) range in age of from 50 to 100 years; and the other parcel within Pignan, "Le Grand Pin," literally adjoining the vines of Chateau Rayas, also in pure sand and also pure, old vines Grenache. The farming is organic and biodynamic. There is a two to three week vinification, with the stems, with wild yeasts and minimal extraction. The wines are aged for two years in four to ten year-old 600-liter barrels and are bottled unfined and unfiltered. The wines are not inexpensive, but for lovers of elegance and finesse in the Rhone Valley, they are essential. In 2016, these two cuvées are simply outstanding and are on everyone's list of the finest Chateauneuf-du-Papes of this excellent vintage.

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Charvin and Ferrand arrive late October, all others by Friday 10/22. ("Boisrenard" is net priced, all others discount 10% on a case or mixed case)

Beaurenard 2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Boisrenard"

2019 "Boisrenard"  The robe is a concentrated mullbery purple hue. The nose is floral and exotic without going overboard—featuring aromas of violets, plum skin, hibiscus, and spicebox, as well as leather, game and garrique. And there’s a bit of wood framing things, but no sense of heavy-handedness. Everything is beautifully knit. The palate is rich and supple on the attack with good freshness in contrast to the ripe lush fruit with a fine core of mineral tension lending gravitas and keeping the wine in equipoise. And about that fruit! Mullberry, plum, dark cherry, blood orange and cherry stone culminating in a long, succulent finish that fans out with exotic spice, sandalwood, and earth notes. There is plenty of tension and nuance here with fine energy to carry the ripeness and there is no sense of heat or over-extraction. I’m always nervous when Châteauneuf is blessed with new oak and the oldest vines—too many wines that taste like consultants and points for my taste, but this is exquisite and will benefit from 7-12 years in the cellar and drink for a decade beyond. Truly lovely Châteauneuf and well worth a look.

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  • no discount
  • $94.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Beaurenard 2020 Côtes du Rhône Rouge

The lovely 2020 Beaurenard CDR is made from 50 year-old vines of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault grown on clay/limestone soils at Rasteau. The wine shows a dark red/purple color with pretty aromas of raspberry, red currant and plum with hints of citrus and spice. The palate is sappy and supple with cherry/berry fruit, tobacco, earth and spice with nice length. This is an easy-going but quite interesting junior CDP to drink over the next 5 years.  David Lillie

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  • 21 in stock
  • $21.99

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  • Biodynamic

Ferrand 2019 Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Arrives 11/1)

The Ferrand 2019 CDP is from 7.5 hectares of very old vines in the northern sector on sandy and galets roulets soils. Primarily Grenache, with small amounts of Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvedre and Bourboulenc. Farming here has always been with organic methods, though not certified, and vinification and aging is in concrete vats, with minimal use of SO2. We haven't yet tasted the 2019 but apparently it's on the mark this year: "Full red colour; the nose has a biscuity, crushed nutshells air, red berry and plum fruit at its centre, with a discreet floral, scented presence that appeals. The palate bustles with vigour on the attack, mixes its thrusting content with live tannins that need time to refine. There is a lot in the locker in this very genuine Châteauneuf, and it represents its place well, this quartier near Orange. There is implicit power and strength on the persistent finish. Drink from 2024 uuntil 2047." - drinkrhone.com

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  • Low Sulfur

Chapelle St. Theodoric 2016 Châteauneuf du Pape La Guigasse

The 2016 "La Guigasse" is a beautiful CDP in an old-fashioned style, from a parcel with very old vines (70 - 90 years-old) on sandy soils with a bit of clay next to Pignan. The aromas are very floral and complex with ripe cherry and raspberry but with a dark meaty, spicy, chocolate  side as well. This  has old vine intensity, and will need some time. There are deep berry fruits on the palate, quite dense and with firm tannins, with earthy mineral notes. Terrific length and weight, not as immediately enjoyable as the Grand Pin, but it should age beautifully -  give it 5 years to open, then drink until 2040.

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  • 5 in stock
  • $104.99

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  • Biodynamic
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Beaurenard 2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

The 2019 Domaine de Beaurenard is mad from 70% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 6% various inc Clairette rose, Grenache gris and 4% Cinsault. The wine shows a bright red/black color and elegant aromas of black cherry, red currant, licorice, rose petal and sweet spice. The palate is dense but silky, supple and nicely balanced with sappy, focused black cherry and black raspberry fruit framed in earthy saline minerals. The finish is long with firm acidity under supple black and red fruits. This will drink well young with a decant or a few hours open, best 2023 - 2040. Lovely wine.  David Lillie

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Charvin 2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Arrives Nov 1st)

The 2019 Charvin is indeed a beautiful Chateauneuf that shows a bright red/garnet color with very floral and peppery aromas of crushed raspberry and strawberry with a bit of tart plum, quite pure and pretty with hints of blackberry, brown spice, earth and roast meat emerging with aeration. The palate is dense and sapid but beautifully balanced with fresh plum, raspberry and black cherry fruit with game, spice, earth, tea and citrus. The finish is firm and long with dense red currant fruit, spicy citrus and earthy flavors that linger on the palate. This is a lovely Châteauneuf-du-Pape that can be enjoyed immensely now, best to hold about 5 years then drink until 2035 - 2040.  David Lillie

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Charvin 2019 Côtes-du-Rhone Le Poutet

The Laurent Charvin "Le Poutet"  is made from average 50 year-old vines (some are 90 years-old!) of 80% Grenache with Mourvedre, Syrah and Carignan in vineyards that abut Chateauneuf-du-Pape - Maucoil in the northwest and Campovin and Boislauzon in the northeast. The soils are sandy clay/limestone with galets stones. The grapes undergo a 15 to 20-day whole bunch fermentation with daily pumping-overs, the wine then spends 18 months in concrete vat and is bottled unfined and unfiltered.   Surprisingly pretty and balanced for a 2019, the aromas are quite floral with plum and black raspberry, brown spice, citrus peel and rose. The palate shows slight heat and a bit more structure than the 2018 but is elegant and silky with citrus and spice notes in the pure berry fruits. The finish is very long with nice balancing acidity. This lovely Côtes-du-Rhône will benefit from aeration if drinking now, or cellar for 3 to 5 years.  David Lillie

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Chapelle St. Theodoric 2016 Châteauneuf du Pape Le Grand Pin

Le Grand Pin is all Grenache from 50 - 100 year-old vines in the Pignan vineyard on sandy soils. Whole-cluster fermentation in concrete vat with wild yeasts, minimal extraction, aged in 4 to 10 year-old large casks. "The nose is very curvy, gives a well-lifted aroma of red berries with notes of pine, a strawberry fruits sweetness. It’s as if it has been lifted straight from its tree-lined vineyard. The palate has an effortless feel to it, parades cosy, perfumed red berry Grenache fruit, with a sprinkle of dusty tannins towards the finish. It brings in some mineral, a lead pencil notion from the mid-point. It is quietly complex,"(www.drinkrhone.com)  Although a bit less tannic than the 2016 Guigasse, we would recommend a few years of cellaring, then drink until 2040.

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