2010 Domaine Beaurenard "Cuvée Boisrenard" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)
Contains some exotic fruitóblueberry paste, boysenberry and raspberry confiture, and pastis-soaked currantóbut it's a brick house too, with Turkish coffee, bittersweet chocolate and lots of singed wood spice notes fanning out on the finish. A great spine allows the elements to echo through the finish without faltering. Best from 2015 through 2030
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby. Black raspberry and cherry on the fragrant, oak-spiced nose and in the mouth. Lush and open-knit but energetic, offering intense red and dark berry flavors and a sexy lavender pastille quality. Shows impressive power and energy on the long, floral-dominated finish. This is the most elegant and lithe bottling of Boisrenard that I can recall, but it's by no means a lightweight.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The outstanding 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Boisrenard offers toasty new oak, a chocolaty, sweet black cherry jamminess, black currant, licorice and graphite characteristics. While it will does not rival the great Boisrenards produced in the past, it is a top-flight wine that should drink well for 10-15 years.
Lustrous crimson. Floral, charming perfume. Very sweet and round and unusual. Like a bouquet of roses until almost the end when its heavy cloak of velvety tannins emerges.
"One of the great old families of Chateauneuf du Pape, the Coulons have been biodynamically farming their vineyards for decades," writes Robert Parker, "which can't be easy given the fact that they own over two dozen parcels spread throughout the appellation." (10/2012)