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Bois de Boursan Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2015

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On the lighter, more restrained, more Burgundian style one would come to find out of Chateauneuf du Pape. This wine is a welcomed relief in a challenging vintage. The attention to detail in both the vineyard and the cellar make this wine shine through above the rest. I absolutely love the austerity and tight line this wine holds as well as the bright berry fruits that lift off the nose. Delicate and fine. Please decant or cellar. - Chris L

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Importer Note:

Jean-Paul Versino at Bois de Boursan is one of the few growers who stick resolutely to traditional methods and his wines stand out for their wonderfully classical and typical Châteauneuf aromas. 

This is Châteauneuf as it used to be, as it always was, and not the modern, sweet and easy style that is now often produced in collaboration with the various consultant oenologues that plague contemporary French winemaking - so instead of mocha and coffee you will find lavender, garrigue, stones, ash and fresh, sappy fruit. Bois de Boursan wines are very aromatic, with tremendous texture and energy.

Versino uses whole bunch fermentation, wild yeasts, keeps extraction to a minimum, presses using an old basket press, élevages the wine for nearly two years in large old oak barrels and bottles unfiltered and unfined.

His approach in the cellar is key but so is the diversity and quality of his terroir: 27 parcels of very old vines over 18 hectares in all sectors of the appellation. This is rare. Trees border many of the parcels which help to cool the vines a little; the different sectors lend complexity and are usually harvested at different times to take advantage of optimal ripeness. 

Most vineyards are at around 100m altitude and gently slope south, south-east or south-west; the climate is Mediterranean with the mistral wind to cool, dry and concentrate; all vines are bush trained and worked organically and meticulously.

When tasting Versino’s wines, they reveal themselves slowly but they build on the palate to offer layers of elegance, complexity and structure, and finish powerfully but most importantly, fresh and vibrant. Accessible when young, the best vintages will age brilliantly for up to 25 years.

Additional Information

Volume (ml)750ml
Winemaking PracticesMostly Conventional Techniques
Vineyard PracticesMostly Regular Farming Techniques
Product typeWine Red Grenache & Friends
RegionRhone Valley
Sub-RegionChateauneuf du Pape

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