2018 Domaine de Beaurenard Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau les Argiles Bleu

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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JD 93 WS 91
JD 93

jebdunnuck.com, September 2019

(91-93+ points)A step up, with more depth and density, the 2018 Rasteau Les Argiles Bleues is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah that was brought up in foudre. Incredibly pure notes of cassis, black raspberries, new...
WS 91

Wine Spectator, January 2021

Juicy and forward, with a mix of raspberry, cherry and plum notes bouncing through, backed by light-handed licorice and fruitcake accents. A mesquite note curls around the finish. Drink now through 2025. 400 cases made...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Southern Rhone
Appellation Cotes du Rhone Villages
Sub-appellation Rasteau
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Domaine de Beaurenard Rasteau Argiles Bleues is a red wine from the Rasteau sub-appellation in the Southern Rhone region of France. This proprietary blend, comprising 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah, is known for its depth and complexity. It is produced by Domaine de Beaurenard and is sealed with a traditional cork closure. The wine has an alcohol content of 14.5%.

Jeb Dunnuck rates this wine highly, awarding it 93 points. In his review on September 26, 2019, he describes it as a "seriously impressive 2018" with "incredibly pure notes of cassis, black raspberries, new leather, chocolate, and graphite." Dunnuck notes the wine's full-bodied structure and suggests that it will benefit from a year or two of bottle age, with the potential to last for a decade or more.

Wine Spectator also provides a favorable review, giving the wine 91 points. In their January 1, 2021 review, they highlight its "juicy and forward" nature, with a blend of "raspberry, cherry, and plum notes" complemented by "light-handed licorice and fruitcake accents." The review also mentions a "mesquite note" that "curls around the finish," suggesting a complex and layered flavor profile. Wine Spectator recommends drinking this wine now through 2025, and notes that only 400 cases were made, with 80 cases imported.

Overall, the 2018 Domaine de Beaurenard Rasteau Argiles Bleues is a well-regarded wine that showcases the quality of the Southern Rhone region. Both reviewers praise its rich fruit flavors and complex secondary notes, indicating a wine that is both enjoyable now and capable of aging gracefully. With limited production, it is a wine that offers both quality and exclusivity.