Andrew Guard

2012 Châteauneuf du Pâpe Rouge 'Cuvée des Félix', Bois de Boursan

Bright purple. Sexy aromas of blackcurrant, blueberry, musky herbs and dried flowers. Supple, sweet and generous, with good lift and definition to its dark berry, cracked pepper and spice flavors. With aeration, this wine picks up a subtle gaminess along with a hint of candied flowers. Finishes with dusty, building tannins and excellent length.
91-93 points Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media January 2014

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.