2005 Domaine Beaurenard "Cuvée Boisrenard" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
*Collectibles* This lush beauty really tames the rugged structure of the vintage, offering gorgeous boysenberry and raspberry confiture layered with mocha, Turkish coffee, licorice and fig paste notes. The long finish has great grip, though it's remarkably well-embedded, allowing the exotic spice notes to linger beautifully. (JM)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
While I have some concerns with the tannin in the classic cuvee, I’ve no such reservations with the 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Boisrenard and it’s a gorgeous wine that’s still young and vibrant. Cassis, licorice, sweet oak, menthol and spice and all emerge here, and it’s full-bodied, big-boned and structured, with a balancing amount of fruit and texture. Give this beauty another year or three and enjoy bottles through 2030. (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Inky ruby. Exotically perfumed nose offers a striking array of red and dark berries, flowers and garrigue Fresh cherry and boysenberry flavors are sweetened by vanillin oak and candied licorice, finishing with gentle grip and superb persistence. Leaves a lingering spicy quality on the palate, along with clinging dark fruit preserves. (JR)
Blackish ruby. Thick, sweet and dense but without much refreshment factor. Pretty heavy with still-marked tannins. But lots to get your teeth into. Still a bit severe but promising and with good structure. Attractive, cool, unexaggerated finish. 17.5/20 points.