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Domaine Bois de Boursan Cuvée des Félix Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012

| red | full bodied & complex |


60% grenache, 25% mourvèdre, 5% syrah, 10% divers
Alcohol %
20 hl/ha
barrel aged
organic (certified)
Drinkable till
± 2030
Fiche Technique
Product code
beperkt beschikbaar
Tasting notes

The nose shows cherry and berry fruit, floral and animal tones, tobacco. A taste of ripe berry fruit and prunes in the beginning; quite elegant compared to Versino’s Tradition 2015 (our first acquainted vintage from this domain), well structured by tannin and a lively acidity. She seems to hold back a little, as more spicy tones (liquorice, mace) and tones of roasted bacon and tea arrive. The tannin is gentle, the wine is broad and deep, yet not showing her full potential. Best not to drink it before 2020 for optimal drinking pleasure. [November 2017]

Wine producer
This small family estate was created by Jean Versino, who moved his family from Piemonte (Italy) to Châteauneuf-du-Pape in 1955. The name arrived from the 'lieu-dit' (place) where the domain is located, just outside Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Like many producers in the Rhone valley, the wine was initially sold in bulk to the trading companies. That changed in the late eighties when son Jean-Paul Versino came on board. While building up a track record with good rating at wine competitions, the Versinos were able to develop a private clientele and modest export activities.Nowadays they cultivate 16.5 ha, of which 6 ha rented, with all 13 grape varieties allowed for AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape present. Only 1 ha is for the production of white wine! A variety (15) of soil types is represented with all possible orientations in relation to the sun; thus the perfect basis for a good Châteauneuf. The vineyards are worked organically, the plow being their main tool. The average age of the vines is more than 60 years, with some grenache noir vines more than 100 years. The yield per hectare is kept low. In the cellar one will find no modern equipment or tools. The Versinos work traditional, using the natural yeast and employing a single 'remontage' (pumping of the juice during fermentation), while the bottling takes place without clarification or filtering. The adopt a maturation period of 18 months in different types of oak barrels (exclusively old barrels) for their red Châteauneuf. This all adds up to stable, quality wines and good typicality. With Bois du Boursan we have been able to add a very solid domain to our range.Bois de Boursan is certified organic since 2014.
Quote & Reviews

John Livingston/ “The palate texture is nicely oily, which is one of its main ace cards; it is more sealed up than the classic 2012, has a smooth run of berry fruit with some meaty and prune intensity, shows tobacco on the aftertaste. I like its coated density. The mourvèdre stamps the finish – prune and licorice show there. From 2018.” [November 2013]

Jeb Dunnuck / Wine Advocate: “Surprisingly, I wasn’t able to taste his traditional Châteauneuf du Pape, but the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée des Felix will certainly be outstanding. Still in foudre, it’s a superb effort from this estate with textbook dark fruits, smoke plum, roasted meat and wild herbs to go with a rich, textured and nicely concentrated feel. If you’re looking for classic, old-school styled wines, look no further.” (93-95)/100

Wine Cellar Inside: “Floral, black cherry and licorice notes, silky textures and a blast of ripe, sweet, fresh, polished red fruits shine through the round textured finish.”(91/100)


John L. Livingston
Wine Advocate
Revue du Vin de France