2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape A la Gloire de Mon Grand-Père, Dom. Bosquet des Papes, Rhone, France

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The Boiron family have been making wine in Châteauneuf-du-Pape since 1860. Nicolas Boiron is now in charge and continues to make full-bodied Châteauneuf from a minimum of 75% grenache. The estate covers 30 hectares spread across 40 different parcels, all of which are hand harvested. The average age of the vines is a venerable 50 years.
The majority of the wines are aged for twelve months in large oak foudres, although Nicolas is also starting to use some demi-muids in the cellar. The top cuvées are given an extra 6 months in cask before bottling.
In 2017, a combination of hot days and cold nights led to a reduced crop due to poor flowering of the Grenache. There will be only 30,000 bottles of the Tradition – instead of the usual 40,000.

"100% Grenache. From 60-70 year old vines growing on the clay soils in the north of the appellation, near Châteaux Rayas and Beaucastel. 50% of the bunches are destemmed and aged for 18 months in 600 litre demi-muids and larger oak foudres. A rich and structured wine showing excellent concentration. Firm, ripe tannins are superbly integrated and a streak of minerality gives an added dimension. Drink 2021-2028. 100% Grenache. From 60-70 year old vines growing on the clay soils in the north of the appellation, near Châteaux Rayas and Beaucastel. 50% of the bunches are destemmed and aged for 18 months in 600 litre demi-muids and larger oak foudres. A rich and structured wine showing excellent concentration. Firm, ripe tannins are superbly integrated and a streak of minerality gives an added dimension. Drink 2021-2028."
Charles Taylor MW, March 2019




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