Andrew Guard

2015 Châteauneuf du Pâpe Rouge 'Cuvée des Félix', Bois de Boursan

Firm and structured, with plenty of tannin, the smaller production 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée des Félix gives up the classic bouquet of roasted herbs, garrigue, black cherries and roasted meats that always seem to be present in this cuvée. A blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre and 5% each of Syrah, Cinsault and Counoise, this cuvée is aged in a mix of demi-muids and older barrels for upwards of two years, compared to the shorter elevage and foudre aging of the traditional cuvée. Give bottles 2-3 years of bottle age and drink through 2030.
91-94 points Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate, Oct 2016

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.