This 41 hectare estate is run by brothers Vincent and Pascal Maurel. It is in fact one of the oldest estates in the region having been founded in 1900 and having bottled wine since 1910. About two thirds of the vineyards are located on the Le Crau plateau – rich in iron and covered with the famous galets – and a third on nearly soils of alluvial origin with more clay and sand.
The wines today are made in a modern style. The farming is organic. After destemming almost all the fruit, fermentation is in concrete tanks with long macerations on the skins – about 35 days – with the Grenache receiving gentle pumpovers and the Syrah and Mourvèdre punchdowns. The Grenache is aged in concrete but the Syrah and Mourvedre rests in barrique and slightly larger demi-muids.
Three special cuvees are made, all sourced mostly from Le Crau. Sanctorum, which is old vines Grenache aged in demi-muid; Deux Ex Machina, a more powerful wine which includes some old vine Mourvedre, and La Combe des Fous, aged in tank and demi muid, which in addition in to being 70% Grenache and 20% Syrah also contains Vaccarese and Cinsault resulting in a rich and concentrated wine.
The flagship release the 2021 ChÃ¢teauneuf Du Pape Boisrenard Blanc is based on 42% Clairette 32% Roussanne 11% Bourboulenc 10% Grenache Blanc and a small mix of other varieties. Slightly deeper gold-hued compared to the classic cuvÃ©e it offers textbook notes of sauteed peach honeyed citrus flower oil and hints of green almonds. Medium to full-bodied concentrated and beautifully balanced it has good acidity and a great finish. It brings more richness and opulence than the base cuvÃ©e but it remains to be seen which of these releases will be the longest lived. Both are brilliant wines.