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I'm currently in the Rhone, working my way through the '03, '04 and '05 vintages. Every now and then I get to try something old, such as this Chateauneuf-du-Pape from the Coulon family of Domaine de Beaurenard.

Haunting tea, vanilla and sanguine notes lead the way for this stunningly elegant wine, with a still vibrant minerally, almost salty spine. Long, ethereal finish of spice box, dates and dried fruits (currant, blood orange). Extremely mature but maintains great freshness. From an extremely hot year, like ‘03. I guessed ‘59, that’s how fresh it still is. Seems almost silly to rate it, but - 99 points.

Only 20 bottles left - Frederic and Daniel's father Paul hid the supply of this wine behind a brick wall during WWII.


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Wow, i BET ONE OF THESE BOTTLES WOULD FETCH A COUPLE GRAND AT THE AUCTIONS. Thanks for stopping by.


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Thanks for the note. Looks like you are getting the hang of it.

If the Coulon family wants any more to restock, have them give me a call. I have 3 bottles which my Father-in-Law brought back from his all expense government paid vacation to France and Germany in 1944-1945.

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James, did you get to try any of the whites from Beaurenard? I've got a bunch of 99,00, and 01's in the cellar and am really wondering if these wines will hold up for 10+ years like a good Hermitage blanc.


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I am familiar with their whites - they certainly do hold up, but for my tastes I prefer white CdPs when young...


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I generally drink them young as well. These are the first CDP Blancs I'm going to attempt to age. I never found 00 Boisrenard for sale, but have the 99 and 01, and the 00 regular cuvee.


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All strong vintages - if you have mutiple bottles of each, try one of each, each year and take good notes!


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I bought as much as I could find, about 8-12 bottles of each. The regular 03 is just in market here now, I have not seen the Boisrenard yet. I'm sure we'll open a bottle when crab season gets in full swing here in a few weeks.

On an unrelated note, did you visit Yann Chave this trip and/or have you tasted the 03's? Those have shown up in market and I've seen no notes yet, not from Tanzer who usually covers him or the Spectator.


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Alas no, I did not visit them on this trip, nor have I tasted their '03s yet. I've only had their wines in the '02 vintage, and they did well considering the difficulties of the harvest - so...

I will put it on my 'to-do' list to follow up on though.


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Thanks! Given it looks like production is way back for Yann in 03, the Wine Club had 6 bottles vs 2 cases in 01. I think I'll have to snap them up 'blind', but I look forward to notes.


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James,

Just opened the "Insider" for this week. Thanks for the review. We usually get 10 cases on the west coast and I'll have my eye out for sure.


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10 cases of the '29?!?!? Wow!

Just kiddking - the '03 is killer stuff, and I rated it alongside the Clos des Papes at 97 points, for highest score yet from the '03 CdPs...it's VERY backward though, so fugedaboudit as they say in NY and leave it in the cellar for a while...


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I've got 5-6 older vintages of Boisrenard to work through before I get to the 03's They'll probably sit safely for at least 8-10 years before I get the urge to try the first one. thanks again.


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