The family own 28.5 hectares, the vast majority given over to red wine production - they also produce a little white Châteauneuf-du-Pape (rosé Châteauneuf-du-Pape is outlawed by the way). A large proportion of their patchwork estate is located on the famous poor galets stone based areas, the vines 45-50 years old on average.
75% Grenache, 11% Syrah, 11% Mourvèdre and the remaining 3% a mix of Counoise Cinsault and Vaccarèse.
Grapes are hand harvested and sorted both in the vineyard and in the winery prior to pressing. A mixture of concrete and stainless steel vats are used for fermentation, following gentle pneumatic pressing. The wine is aged in large old oak “foudres” (no new oak) and bottled after a light filtration, into the traditional embossed regional bottles and the distinctive classical Bosquet label.
Drink now and over the next 2 years, then store until its 10th birthday and enjoy over the next 5 years following.
The Boiron family have been involved in the estate for five generations. Today the company is run by winemaker Nicolas who joined the Domaine in 1995 and gradually took over from his father Maurice. Maurice established the majority of the vineyard holdings and estate’s foundation in the 1960s.
Starting with the 2007 release there has been a sea change in the level of concentration and quality here. Always a solid, sure bet in the appellation, the wines have stepped up to a new level and the Domaine is rightly regarded now as one of the top 20 in the whole of the region. The 2012 comes hard on the heels of the exulted 2010 and confirms its place amongst the top echelon of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
No surprises – drink with full bodied and flavoured dishes – roasted red meat, game, hearty casseroles, goulash, but not cheese - it really doesn’t work.
In the press
"Dark crimson. Cool nose. Energetic, supple fruit. Great spread of flavours on the finish, mainly in the black-fruit mould. Long and well balanced though it is difficult to discern the tannins. Until the very end! Extremely well-made wine. Promises well.” - Jancis Robinson MW
Wine Spectator: 92 points