Friday, April 22, 2022 - Dinner at Manny’s Bistro on Columbus Avenue with friends, before going to the Philharmonic to see Raiders of the Lost Ark. As usual, everyone ordered different dishes, from filet of sole to mussels to maigret de canard. So with nothing to lose (-:, we ordered the Domaine de Beaurenard, and it worked perfectly. First whiff was just pure, young, wonderful berries and cherries. The wine is medium bodied and feels light, bouncy, and refreshing in the mouth. Don’t be mislead, the flavors of really tasty fruit and balanced acidity are mouth-filling and mouth-watering, just not heavy. Needless to say, it took two bottles to satisfy the six of us and everyone, from the mussel eating person, to the duck eating person, loved it. Dorothy & Bernie - Follow the Drinker®
In 1344, it was reported to the Pope living in Avignon that "the principal vineyards are Bois Renard, Blacquieres, Bois de Senechaux, Cabrieres, Carbonnieres, Colombis, and Mont Redon." The Coulon family has farmed that area named Bois Renard since they purchased it in 1695; seven generations of dedication, meticulous care, and excellence. Adding vineyards over the past 300 years, Domaine de Beaurenard is now 74 acres of Chateauneuf du Pape in several parcels, and over 60 acres of Côtes du Rhône located primarily in Rasteau.
The Coulons have estate-bottled their wines since the early 1900’s. Paul Coulon's father and grandfather were instrumental in creating the regulations of the Appellation Contrôlée system (Chateauneuf du Pape was France's first appellation contrôlée, in 1929). Detail oriented, meticulous to the point of perfectionism, visitors can peruse not only the informative Musée du Vin below their Rasteau vineyard, but detailed volumes for each vintage with ground temperatures, rainfall, hours of sunlight, etc.
Domaine de Beaurenard portfolio includes: Cotes du Rhone Rouge & Rose, Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau, Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge & Blanc and Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Boisrenard which is consistently one of Robert Parker and Stephen Tanzer's most highly rated Rhone wines.