Andrew Guard

2016 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc, Bois de Boursan

This is and Intense white wine that displays spicy aromas of nectarine, lemon curd, white flowers and chalky minerals with freshness and clarity. The mouth-feel is very concentrated displaying juicy pit and orchard fruit flavours and it finishes with a firm mineral bite and excellent clarity. 

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.