Mas de Boislauzon "Tintot" Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2015 (Rhone, France) - [JD 98] [WA 93-96]

Mas de Boislauzon "Tintot" Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2015
(Rhone, France) - [JD 98] [WA 93-96]

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Located in the north of Chateauneuf du Pape, not far from the ancient Roman city of Orange, Mas de Boislauzon is managed by brother and sister Daniel Chaussy and Christine Chaussy, the 6th generation of wine growers for the estate. The property consists of 10 hectares (just under 25 acres) in AOC Chateauneuf du Pape and 15 ha. (37 acres) of Cotes du Rhone Village.

The vineyards have been certified biologique (organic) since 2012. 

Like many Chateauneuf du Pape growers, the vines of Mas de Boislauzon are located in different parcels spread across the appellation. Most of their terroirs are sand, loam and limestone, rocks and clay soils.

Their oldest, most prized vines are their Mourvedre, which on average are a respectable 70 years of age.

About the "Tintot":

Mas de Boislauzon is one of the extremely limited number of wineries in Chateauneuf du Pape that produce wine from close to 100% old vine Mourvedre. In fact, the name Tintot is an old term for Mourvedre. (Some vintages can also include small amounts of Grenache in the blend as the vineyard is planted to 85% Mourvedre and 15% Grenache.)

The vines are located in a single parcel and are quite old, many are more than 80 years old! "Tintot" made its debut only a few years ago, back in 2006. The wine is aged in a combination barrels that range from 1 to 3 years of age for 12 months before being moved to concrete vats where it rests for an additional year before bottling. The production is extremely small: on average slightly more than 1,500 bottles are made per vintage.

Ratings & Reviews

98 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tintot offers more black fruits, olive tapenade, charred meats and graphite, as well as a huge, concentrated, incredibly pure style on the palate. While the Quet is all about opulence and pleasure, this has a more focused, pure style, while not losing a beat on concentration and purity. I'd gladly put this up against Beaucastel's Hommage cuvée. Enjoy this incredible expression of Châteauneuf du Pape anytime over the coming 20-25 years." (10/2017)

93-96 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The Mourvèdre-dominated 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Tintot sports an inky color as well as serious, full-bodied, decadent notes of black and blue fruits, roasted herbs, melted licorice and cured meats. It’s certainly not for those craving lightweight aromas and flavors, has sensational mid-palate depth and masses of sweet tannin, all suggesting it will be very long lived. As to the Côtes du Rhône Villages release from this estate, it’s always a smoking value that has real character." - Jeb Dunnuck (28th Oct 2016)