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Domaine Bois de Boursan Châteauneuf-du-Pape rouge 2015

| red | full bodied & spicy |


70% grenache noir, 10% syrah, 10% mourvèdre, 5% counoise, 5% cinsault
Alcohol %
28 hl/ha
barrel aged
organic (certified)
Drinkable till
± 2028-2030
Fiche Technique
Product code
€ 29.75 as per 6 bottles
Tasting notes

A sense of ripe cherries, plum jam and roses. In the mouth ripe and juicy stone fruit (cherry, plum), an animal tone and fresh ‘garrigues’ branches. The tannins are soft, but present. A mild acidity complements the sweet, fruity and spicy notes. In the final definitely darker spices (laurel, clove). The wine shows decent length, is pure and somewhat reserved;  she is expected to become  more balanced in the coming 2 to 3 years. [barrel tasting, May 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 ( “Mulled plums, red stone fruits, lead the nose; there is a perfumato, sultry nature to it, some mint, a touch of animal. The palate is based on plump Grenache fruit, with obvious spicing. The finish is a little dry, still raw. The mid-palate holds a plump content, so wait until spring 2019 for more fusion. It’s a trifle downbeat for now. “(september 2016)

Jeb Dunnuck/Wine Advocate: “Starting with a 2015 barrel sample, Versino’s 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape is a classic blend of 75% Grenache, 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, and the balance Counoise and Cinsault, all of which was aged in foudre. It’s healthy ruby color is followed by earthy, slightly funky notes of peppery herbs, dark fruits and garrigue, which improves with time in the glass. Better on the palate, it has plenty of fruit, a full, layered mid-palate and ample tannic grip on the finish. This is a classic, old-school beauty that will need short-term cellaring and have 15 years of overall longevity.”

Wine Cellar Inside: “Incense and dark cherries pop from the start. Fresh and juicy, with a blast of garrigue and olive, to complicate the dark cherries in the finish.” (91/100)


John L. Livingston
Wine Advocate