Mas de Boislauzon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee du Quet 2005
Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
"Inky violet. Powerful blueberry and boysenberry aromas complicated by lavender and mocha. Vibrant and sharply delineated in the mouth, with gentle acidity and a chewy texture to the pure dark fruit flavors. A mineral element emerges on the back and carries through the long, juicy finish. This impressively concentrated wine possesses both weight and finesse."
-International Wine Cellar 92-95
"As for their top cuvee, the 2005 Cuvee du Quet (in this vintage 65% Grenache and 35% Mourvedre, much like previous years) exhibits an opaque ruby/purple color, superb purity and intensity, with a full-bodied palate, loads of black fruits intermixed with crushed rocks, flowers, and a bit of licorice and incense. It is a powerful, layered wine of beautiful purity and balance. It will need 2-4 years of bottle age given the tannin profile and fresh acidity; however, the wine should keep for 15 or more years. In the northernmost sector of Chateauneuf, the Chaussy family run this fine estate that has been making brilliant Chateauneuf du Pape for over a decade."
-Wine Advocate 91-93
International Wine Cellar - "Inky violet. Powerful blueberry and boysenberry aromas complicated by lavender and mocha. Vibrant and sharply delineated in the mouth, with gentle acidity and a chewy texture to the pure dark fruit flavors. A mineral element emerges on the back and carries through the long, juicy finish. This impressively concentrated wine possesses both weight and finesse. Range: 92-95"
Wine Spectator - "A dark, chewy style, with serious layers of fig, briar, espresso and loam. But this isn't top-heavy, with a beam of blackberry fruit running through the finish and enough well-embedded acidity for length and balance. Impressive. Best from 2008 through 2027."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee du Quet exhibits a dense ruby/purple color to the rim and broad, impressive aromatics of spring flowers, melted licorice, camphor, and blue and black fruits. In the mouth it is layered, powerful, full-bodied, with high tannin, beautiful purity, and a finish that exceeds 45 seconds. This is a knock-out wine. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2025.
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Mas de Boislauzon Winery
Mas de Boislauzon is a family-run estate in the southern Rhone focusing on Chateauneuf du Pape. Both white and red Chateauneuf du Pape are grown in addition to a special cuvee, Le Quet, made mostly from very old Grenache vines.
Monique Chaussy runs the property along with her daughter Christine and son, winemaker, Daniel Chaussy. The family represents the sixth generation of wine growers in the area. View all Mas de Boislauzon Wines
About Chateauneuf-du-PapeView a map of Chateauneuf-du-Pape wineries (shah-too-NUHF due Pahp)Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s – it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the "new papal home," referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome.
Photo of galets covering the soil at Chateau de Beaucastel
Notable FactsThere are 13 allowed varieties in Chateauneuf du Pape (14 if you count Grenache Blanc separately from Grenache Noir). Grenache is the primary variety, followed by Syrah and Mourvedre as well as Cinsault. About 97% of the wines here are red, although many chateaux are producing whites ranging from quaffable to decadent and ageworthy. Reds from the best estates emit wonderful flavors of gamey spice, blackberries and currant, as well as the herbs and spices that are known to grow in the region.
Note on the soil: The grapes grow on soils covered in rounded, smooth stones called galets (gah-lay). The stones naturally cover most of the soils throughout Chateauneuf du Pape and are two fold in their duties. First, they are able to reflect and absorb the heat, to quicken the ripening of the grapes. They also help to hold in moisture so that the soils are not dried out by the hot Southern French sun.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Light & Crisp
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Fruity & Smooth
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Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.