2003 Domaine Beaurenard "Cuvée Boisrenard" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
** Collectibles and Top 100 Wines of 2006 ** Loaded 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). Best from 2008 through 2030.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 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. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
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.
Owned by the Coulon family since 1695, Boisrenard comes from parcels of vines from the Domaine de Beaurenard. The wine is dominated by ancient vines, which gives an intensity to this wine. It has great black, dark fruit flavors that match the tannins. Some new wood flavors give a polished edge to the wine. It is both powerful and elegant.
Wine & Spirits
Boisrenard is the prestige cuvée of Domaine de Beaurenard, made from 60- to 100-year-old vines. The 2003 is dense, dark and lavishly oaked. The chocolatey concentration is appealing in a modern style, but the oak tannins on the finish are slightly drying. It should acquire more harmony with time.