Andrew Guard

2020 Châteauneuf du Pape Rouge, Bois de Boursan

65% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 15% Syrah and 5% other varieties.
The age of the vines is 40-80 years. Yield: 28 hl./ha.
It is matured in big 9000 ltr wooden casks for about 18 months.

This 2020 is a superb example of what can be achieved at Bois de Boursan and is a wine that will evolve beautifully with careful cellaring over the next 20 or so years, perhaps more. 2020 is a great year in the region and this is a beauty - it's rich, but fresh and supple thanks to the traditional fermentation. It's generous on the palate full with raspberry and dark plum flavours, complexed by leathery, peppery spice and musk on the finish. Already good to drink and a great choice for this winter's fare. 

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.