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MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

Domaine de Beaurenard

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on an estate more than 300 years old, you could easily find yourself feeling statuesque, uncorking an 1880* Beaurenard as one might open the Gutenberg Bible.

But the Coulon brothers have ancestral voices inside their head, telling them that wine is alive and that they must look forward. You sense it in their most striking family feature: dazzling eyes topped by agile eyebrows, which scrutinise their pebble-paved vines and gaze into wines of almost heavenly elegance. If they have chosen to walk in the footsteps of age-old growing practices, it is to better move forwards with giant strides. Entirely certified organic and biodynamic, their vineyards are in sync with nature, with the lunar and planetary cycles, with the rhythms of the cosmos…
thus demonstrating that fine wines also involve synchronicity, the principle of harmony “linked to the invisible, almost imperceptible, something inexpressible”, as Sting sang with The Police.
Steeped in ancient savoir-faire, which they honour in the winegrower’s museum founded by Paul their father, Daniel and Frédéric Coulon revere manual work, conducted meticulously
from pruning to harvest. They also possess the exacting differences of the appellation’s thirteen varieties, which they preserve meticulously through deft coplantings derived from the estate’s oldest vines (dating back to 1902), and express in the cellar through the co-fermentations that fascinate them.

Daniel and Frédéric well know that, through grape varieties, the terroir is sending us a message that their cuvées are asking us to listen to and to taste.

* A vintage opened and tasted with Rhône Vignobles in January 2012.

LE VIGNOBLE

32 ha in CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE AOC, 25 ha in RASTEAU and 6 ha in CÔTES DU RHÔNE AOC. Varieties: 13 (mainly Grenache plus Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, etc.). The vines are cultivated organically and biodynamically (Ecocert and Demeter certified, respectively) to underscore the terroir’s expressiveness, with great respect for nature and the environment.

LA CAVE

Grapes are all hand-picked, sorted and destemmed. Fermented with indigenous yeasts. Vinified in temperature-controlled stainless-steel and truncated wooden vats. Caps punched, long vatting times, ageing in recent oak barrels and foudres.

LES VINS

CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE WHITEBeaurenard: a rarity and family speciality. Vinified in stainless-steel vats, barrels and foudres. Roussanne, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc • Boisrenard: very old vines with low yields (15-20 hl/ha). Vinified and aged in recent barrels and small foudres. • CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE REDBeaurenard: blend of our terroirs. Yields always low. Aged for 12 months in oak barrels and foudres • Boisrenard: very old vines (a century for the oldest). Very low yields (15-20 hl/ha). Aged in barrels for 18 months. • RASTEAU RED: Terroir of stony, chalky-clay slopes and terraces. Grenache/Syrah blend. • Les Argiles Bleues: selection from a specific terroir of blue clay. Long vattings. Aged for 15 months in small foudres. • CÔTES DU RHÔNE RED AND ROSÉ: same approach as for our most renowned terroirs for both colours. • VIN DOUX NATUREL RASTEAU RED: only in great years. "Ridiculous" yield, fortified on the skins, aged for 18-24 months in barrels.
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