Domaine Les Girard du Boucou Chateauneuf-du-Pape – Organic
Châteauneuf du Pape red
57% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Counoise, 8% Syrah and 5% Cinsault. There are also very small quantities of all allowed grapes included.
Aged in barrels for 12 months, then in tank for 6 months.
In our red Châteauneuf-du-Pape, ruby-red of hue with purple highlights, you will find the aroma of spices, leather and ripe red berry fruits with overtones of licorice.
The Mistral wind brings with him the sunshine which ripens perfectly the grapes. These are then harvested by hand, and each bunch undergoes the selection process.
They practice organic farming, and do not use any chemical fertilizers, weed killers or insecticides which are not permitted by this natural form of agriculture.
The combat against bad grasses is exclusively the work of the ground. They plow March at July to control these bad grasses which would not make it possible for the vine to grow under good conditions and which would be harmful for the development of qualities of exceptions of the wines. (You will intend to say “organoleptic qualities of the wines”)
The viticulture is organic, approved from ECOCERT from 2005.
Robert Parker: 90pts. (Oct 2012)
“The 2010 is a serious wine with a deep ruby/purple color and rich, concentrated, black currant and kirsch liqueur notes intermixed with sandalwood, lavender and roasted Provencal herbs. Quite impressive, with loads of fruit and again juicy and up-front, this is reminiscent of some of the top cuvees made by Jacques’ father and uncle in the early 1980s, given its precociousness and relatively evolved, delicious, complex style. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.
I haven’t seen wines from this estate in a number of years, as Jacques Girard took over the estate, which was once known as Cuvee de Belvedere (reviewed in The Wine Advocate in the early 1980s and then owned by his father and uncle Robert, who was essentially the spokesperson for Belvedere). This is a tiny estate of just 12 acres, and the wine is a rather unusual blend for Châteauneuf du Pape of 57% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 20% Counoise and the rest Syrah, Cinsault, Muscardin, Terret and Vaccarese, which basically covers just about every authorized varietal in Châteauneuf du Pape. Their vineyard is in a lieu-dit called Boucou, not far from La Nerthe and Fortia.”
Decanter Magasine: Decanter World Wine Award 2013 (Bronze, 3 stars).
Beefstock and crunchy fruit with the traditional bundle of spice and pepper.
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: 88-90pts. (Jan/Feb 2013)
Deep ruby. A perfumed bouquet presents smoke-accented red berries, orange zest, dried flowers and minerals. Energetic and juicy, with fresh, incisive cherry and redcurrant flavors underscored by a peppery quality. Finishes firm and dry, with good clarity and lingering spiciness.
Until 2002 two brothers made their wines at this property. André Girard called his wine Lou Patacaiau and Robert Girard used the name Cuvée du Belvedere. 2002 the son of Andre, Jacques Girard followed the brothers and he calls his wine Domaine Les Girard du Boucou. The property is situated in lieu-dit Le Boucou to the North of Route de Bédarrides
Only 4,5 hectares belong to the property and the production is limited. Most of the plots are around Mas le Boucou, on the higher part of Chateauneuf du Pape, with few plots down the valley.
The vines are 60-70 years old.
This Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the product of an excellent “terroir”, made up of large, rolled pebbles which lay over a layer Miocene blue-clay. and on which are planted the thirteen authorized varieties of the appellation:
They are Grenache noir , Mourvedre , Counoise , Syrah, Cinsault , Vaccareze, Muscardin plus the white grapes (Grenache blanc, Clairette, Roussanne, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Picardan,) which, in certain years, go into our white Châteauneuf-du-Pape.