2001 Domaine de Beaurenard "Cuvée Boisrenard" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
There have been a number of spectacular vintages of Domaine de Beaurenard’s luxury cuvee, Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Boisrenard, but the 2001 may be the finest they have ever produced. An inky/purple color is accompanied by aromas of creme de cassis, melted licorice, graphite, and a touch of barrique. The explosive bouquet is followed by an expansive, full-bodied, powerful wine with great purity, tremendous multilayered flavor intensity, and beautifully integrated wood, acidity, and tannin. It possesses structure, grip, and a finish that lasts well over a minute. Despite its enormous richness and presence (aromatically and on the palate), it requires 2-3 years of cellaring, and should keep for 15-18. It is a brilliant success! (RP)
This continues to be one of the Coulons' best efforts to date, with stunning, creamy mouthfeel to the layer upon layer of fig sauce, currant confiture and blueberry paste flavors. That range of fruit is studded with dark licorice snap and Turkish coffee notes, backed by a long graphite spine that holds together the finish. A classic version of the modern style. 2001 Châteauneuf-du-Pape non-blind retrospective (November 2011). Drink now through 2021. (Web-2012)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full ruby. Aromas of currant, tobacco and spicy oak. Sweet and suave in the middle palate, but less intensely flavored than the 2000. Tannins seem a bit gritty, even dry, perhaps from the wine's oak element. Finishes with a note of licorice. This may well be passing through an awkward stage of its evolution.