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In the 14th century, during their stays in Avignon, the popes – especially Pope John XXII – built a papal castle in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Impressed by the area’s exceptional soils, they established vineyards on the slopes surrounding the château and were instrumental in promoting the local wine’s reputation around the world. A notarial act dated 16 December 1695 mentions “Bois Renard”, which over time has become “Beaurenard”. It has been a family-run estate for seven...
Aromas of black fruits and graphite with mineral notes which bring a very nice freshness. This wine shows an impressive depth and density, yet tannins are very soft and velvet leading to a fresh finish.
A selection of the best slope and terraced fields, characterized by a marvelous blue-clay and chalk soil which imparts great depth and minerality to the wine. The yields are low, only 25hl/Ha. The harvest is 100% manual, as is done in Châteauneuf du Pape. Only the best bunches of grapes are selected. They are very ripe, healthy, noble, are chosen for this cuvée "top of the range".
The grapes are destemmed, lightly crushed, and fermented with natural yeast (no additives to maximize the local character). An extended vatting is performed to fully extract the concentration achieved in the vineyards and to maximize refinement of the extracted phenolic constituents. Les Argiles Bleues has naturally dense tannins, and undergoes a special maturation during ageing in small new-oak foudres (30hl) for 15-18 months. This produces concentrated wines of great finesse and elegance. The Wine is bottled unfiltered at the estate, then stored in the underground cellar at a constant temperature.
- 93 Points -
Jeb Dunnuck, September 2018
Even better, the more limited production 2016 Rasteau Les Argiles Bleues boasts a deep purple color as well as a striking bouquet of dark fruits, damp earth, graphite, and cedarwood. With medium to full body, a layered, nicely focused texture, and a great finish, drink it over the coming 8-10 years. It’s a brilliant wine and the finest example of this cuvée I’ve tasted.See detailed press review
- 92 Points -
Warm and lush waves of raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry compote roll through, laced with graphite and cocoa details and backed by an echo of singed wood on the finish.See detailed press review
- 91 Points -
Better known for its Châteauneuf du Pape, this domaine also turns out a couple of top-flight bottlings from Rasteau. The 2016 Rasteau Argiles Bleues (from blue clays) is a full-bodied, supple beauty, with creamy-textured cherry fruit and just enough mocha and Garrigue notes for complexity.See detailed press review