Domaine De Beaurenard

In the 14th century, during their stays in Avignon, the popes – and 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. Domaine de Beaurenard in Châteauneuf-du-Pape has been a family-run estate for seven generations. A notarial act dated 16 December 1695 mentions "Bois Renard", which over time has become "Beaurenard".

The Coulon brothers, Daniel and Frédéric, have taken over from Paul and Régine and are striving to sustain tradition. The estate covers 32 hectares (a little under 80 acres) of vines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and 25 hectares in the Côtes du Rhône Villages Rasteau AOC area.

Soils blessed by the gods

The pebbles the 13 grape varieties the sun and the Mistral have been joining forces for centuries to give birth to each vintage of the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation. The terroir of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is unique: here the large sun-warmed stones diffuse a gentle, providential heat that helps the grapes to mature and their juice to concentrate. The Domaine is home to the " Symphony of 13 varieties" typical of this AOC, which provide aromatic complexity, strength and balance.

For the red wines, four varieties dominate : Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault, supplemented by Counoise, Muscardin, Terret Noir and Vaccarèse. The whites are made from white-grape vines : Clairette, Roussane, Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc, Picardan and Picpoul.

Discover with music the "Symphony of 13 varieties" The vines are 45 years old on average, and their yield in Châteauneuf varies from 15-35hl/ha. The Rasteau vines are planted in clay-chalk soil with a blue-clay subsoil, on fully south-facing slopes and terraces. Yields are low : 25-38 hl/ha.

Balanced organic vinegards... and, what's more, farmed biodynamically.

All of Domaine de Beaurenard's vines (60ha) are cultivated organically (Ecocert certified) and even biodynamically (Demeter certified), without synthetic chemicals. The vines are thus attuned to nature, lunar and planetary cycles, and the rhythms of the cosmos.

At key moments, we apply biodynamic preparations (born dung, dung compost, silica, etc.) that strengthen the vines's natural defences. To further fortify them, plant-tea sprays (nettle,yarrow,horsetail,camomile...) are regularly dispensed. In the vineyatds, these methods involve working the soil without herbicides, spreading carefully-dynamised manure, and maintaining sensible grass cover (according to climatic conditions).

The creation of a conservatory with the 13 grape varieties allowed by the appellation, procured from the estate's oldest vines, also promotes biodiversity. The varieties were selected over a five-year period and splice-grafted in aplot where the soil had been resting for 12 years.In doing this, we aimed primarily to safeguard a natural genetic heritage that is particularly well adapted to the terroir. But we were also mindful of future generations; and of being able, if global warning continues, to increase the proportion of varieties that contain less sugar ( and so less alcohol) and contribute aromatic complexity.

Still working manually.

Meticulous work is performed all around the years, and particularly during four intense periods. Pruning is done solely by the estate staff. Each person tends to the same plot over the long term, crafting their vines like sculptures. Debudding of all the vines prevents leaf build-up around the bunches, ensure small yields, and ventilates the vine-trunks by letting natural light through. Several other jobs are also done while the grapes are still unripe. Placing the shoots between the trellis wires, to which they are then fastened; and green harvesting if necessary. Soil-working and controlled grass cover are supplemented by a team of seasonal workers who, during long weeks, hoe between the vines – a very strenuous, painstaking job in our stony soils.

Harvesting with all grapes hand-picked and sorted. This type of extremely precise cultivation and monitoring means we obtain healthy grapes, the only way to make wines of high-quality and concentration.

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Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf du Pape 2016
DOMAINE DE BEAURENARD covers 32 ha of vineyard in Châteauneuf-du-Pape grown with care and love by the COULON family, vinegrowers for 7 generations... The whole vineyard is grown organically (certified by Ecocert) and biodynamic (certified by Demeter).    TERROIR: This terroir is unique. In
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Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf du Pape 2015
94  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 94 Wine Spectator Top 100 2017  “A beautiful wine, with dark fig, warm boysenberry reduction and alluring creamed raspberry flavors streaming forth, accented by graphite, black tea and pasties. There’s a healthy dose of of singed apple wood through the finish, but it’s

Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf du Pape 2013
90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90  "Deep ruby. Lively red and dark berry scents show very good clarity, picking up notes of woodsmoke and garrigue with air. Juicy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors coat the palate, with tangy acidity and a hint of white pepper providing energy. Rich yet lively Chateauneuf

Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf du Pape 2012
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92"Lush with velvety fig, blackberry and black cherry fruit flavors layered with warm ganache, black licorice and fruitcake notes. Offers a polished feel through the finish, revealing some latent briary grip. Best from 2015 through 2025. 750 cases imported." –JM

Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf du Pape 2011
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91 "Offers a vivid, racy edge, with lots of red and black licorice notes pumping along, while steeped cherry, currant and raspberry flavors form the core. This presents a mouthwatering anise accent on the finish, revealing a subtle singed wood hint. Best from 2014 through 2024."~JM 

Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf du Pape 2007
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91 "Fresh and forward, with rounded texture and slightly jammy notes of plum, fig and blackberry fruit laid softly over a mineral streak. Open and juicy through the finish, picking up blueberry and fruitcake hints that balance the forward fruit. Drink now through 2019. 8,330 cases

Beaurenard 'Boisrenard' Chateauneuf du Pape 2010
97  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 97 "Contains some exotic fruit—blueberry paste, boysenberry and raspberry confiture, and pastis-soaked currant—but 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

Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf du Pape 2008
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90"This shows ample ripeness, without the raisined edge of the vintage, with juicy plum, blackberry and dark linzer torte notes that glide along polished structure. Lots of sweet spice and toast chime in on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 3,500 cases made." JM

Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf du Pape 2004
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90"Lovely pure beam of red currant and red cherry fruit supported by hot stone and mineral notes. Hint of tobacco on the minerally finish. Should flesh out nicely in the near-term. Best from 2007 through 2017. 6,665 cases made."