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Bois de Boursan, Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Cuvée des Félix: Sélection Jean-Paul Versino”Southern Rhône Valley, France 2015 (750mL)

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Bois de Boursan, Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Cuvée des Félix: Sélection Jean-Paul Versino” Southern Rhône Valley, France 2015 (750mL)

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“To begin with, this is only the second vintage of Bois de Boursan’s “Cuvée des Felix.” But this 2015 is even more rarefied—two barrels of once-in-a-lifetime juice were set aside for extended aging, producing a wine to rank among the greats!”

Bois de Boursan was already perched at the top of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape pyramid, long before today’s stunning micro-batch cuvée came along. We are avid fans of this estate and its staunchly traditionalist owner, Jean-Paul Versino, who has remained true to the style of wine we overwhelmingly prefer from this region: ripe and powerful without being dominated by syrupy fruit extract and excessive oak. Great Châteauneuf should have lift, energy, and a keen sense of Mediterranean wildness to it, and “Cuvée des Felix” is indisputably great Châteauneuf-du-Pape—a wine that will inspire reverential discussion in the years to come.

Bois de Boursan grows all the 13 authorized Châteauneuf varieties in its multitude of vineyard parcels, but this wine is driven by Grenache (65%) and Mourvèdre (25%), a much larger percentage than in their base-level “Tradition”), with Syrah (5%) and an assortment of other varieties comprising the balance. The ’15 is plenty delicious to drink now, with lots of juicy red and black fruit and silky tannins, but there’s also a precision to it that bodes well for aging—yes, they’ve done a lot of that for you already, but we would strongly advise laying a few bottles down for 7-10 more years at a minimum. As this wine continues to add new layers of secondary aromas and flavors, it is going to be a truly epic experience. Right now, it displays a deep ruby-black hue and a heady mix of red, black, and purple fruits on the nose: crushed blackberry, cherry, and boysenberry are layered with black licorice, cacao nibs, wild herbs, lavender, warm spices, leather, and braised meat. It is full-bodied but nimble, its richness framed by a lively jolt of freshness. Deeply concentrated flavors are the unmistakable theme.

  • CountryFrance
  • RegionSouthern Rhône Valley
  • Sub-RegionChâteauneuf-du-Pape
  • SoilClay-Limestone, Sand
  • FarmingOrganic
  • BlendGrenache 65%, Mourvèdre 25%, Syrah 5%, Others 5%
  • Alcohol14.5%
  • Oak500L Demi-Muids
  • Temp.Serve at 60° F
  • GlasswareBordeaux Stem
  • DrinkingNow-2030+
  • Decanting45 Minutes
  • PairingOven Pulled Pork Barbecue

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