International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94($79) Deep, dark red color. Highly expressive, very ripe aromas of dark cherry, plum liqueur, black cardamom, bitter chocolate, espresso and exotic oak spices. An enormous, outsized wine, with broad, sweet dark fruit and mocha flavors accented by pepper and oak spice. Boasts a lush, even unctuous texture, but as rich and reflective of the vintage as this is, there is also wonderful focus and energy. (New Castle Imports, Myrtle Beach, SC)Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: January/February 2006
Wine Spectator | Rating: 97Loaded with rich, dark layers of black currant, blackberry, truffle, tar, mocha and bittersweet cocoa, this pumps out both fruit and terroir on the gripping finish. Immense in scale and depth, this is hard to lay off now, but should be even more impressive when it drops its muscle to show more elegance (that will take a while, though). 1,665 cases made.Author: James Molesworth
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94The structured and backward, inky ruby/purple-colored 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Boisrenard offers notes of chocolate, cocoa, smoke, creme de cassis and black cherry liqueur. Some licorice also makes it into the picture. The wine is full-bodied, layered, softer than previous vintages, with tremendous voluptuousness to the texture as well as an expansive, broad, persistent finish. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 95Author: AllanBG
Self | Rating: 91Maple syrup, vanilla, caramel, and smoke mingle in the nose. The constricting tannins arrest the tongue and somehow, I thought that I found some Rutherford dust on the mid palate. Young!Drink Dates: 2012-2020Author: JMC22
Self | Rating: 96The luxury cuvee of Beaurenard produced a deep, dark, brooding young Chateauneuf that is a product of the torrid 2003 vintage, but a prime example of a controlled intensity that is not often found in this year. Dense, gorgeous notes of incense, kirsch, violet, boysenberry, hickory smoke, cocoa ganache and cassis are admirably poised and channeled in the palate, like a rocket on the launching pad that is moments away from a complete explosion. The texture has nary a rough edge to be found and the finish suggests that the best is yet to come. I?d hold off on popping another one of these for at least 3 years, as it will rival the ?00 for one of the best ever Boisrenard cuvees in its prime.Drink Dates: 04-01-2008Author: Brad Coelho
Self | Rating: 96To bad this is my last bottle, a great big beautiful ruby red color, nose of berries, wood and cassis with an unbelievable finish that goes on forever, a minute and a half anyway. This was really a nice surprise. Love it.Drink Dates: 2010-2020Author: David 429
While the is known mostly for single-varietal wines from or , the is known for complex blends. , for example, allows up to 13 different varieties in a blend leaving winemakers ample room to experiment. This variation makes it almost impossible to describe a typical Rhône blend. Regardless of style, the common goal of these winemakers is to manage high tannin and alcohol levels in order to produce a balanced wine.
The most widely planted variety, , dominates most Rhône blends and adds concentrated spiced red fruit flavors with cinnamon, raspberry, and tobacco characteristics. and Mourvèdre add color and tannin, with Syrah contributing aromas of blueberry, pepper, and bacon while Mourvèdre adds dense black fruit flavors and gamey and meaty aromas. Cinsault provides red fruit flavor. For the best expression of this complex blend turn to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and classic producers like , , or .
Many New-World wine regions, particularly in and , have adopted this winemaking method. The best examples come from producers , , and .
The complexity and spice-forward flavor profile of Rhône blends pair best with herb-roasted turkey, pork chops, a range of cheeses, or spiced vegetables.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 769 bottles owned
- 128 collectors
- Average collector rating: 95
(Out of 128 collectors)