Château Renard

(707) 265-9061 2040 Pine St
Napa, CA 94559
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After a brief stay at Newton vineyards I departed in 1993 to represent a French cooperage, Tonnellerie Saury. Although I regretted leaving my true love, making wine, I welcomed the passport to numerous wine regions of the U.S., and ultimately the goal of making my own wine. In 1994 I had spare time during harvest and I worked for an Oregon producer coordinating the picking and production of Pinot Noir. Despite my involvement in making beautiful wines I decided I could not trust the fickle mistress we call Pinot, perhaps a more sturdy wine, less feminine, more reliable was what I sought. A tomboy of Pinot. During the winter I toured through the Rhône using my cooperage connection and visited Chave, Rostaing, Voge, and Beaucastel. It was then I became enlightened and found Syrah. Oddly enough, Syrah is one of the few feminine varieties, in French "la Syrah". I have been known to describe my wines as a ballerina who has taken up kick-boxing, the tom-boy who doesn't mind getting a bit grubby, earthy, grounded Read more »

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Rousanne

    History of the grape: Roussanne likely gets its name from the light brown color of its skin (“roux” in French). Rouss...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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  • Château Renard Mondesir Red Bordeaux Blend Fronsac 2009

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    Best since the 2005 Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger


  • Bourgogne Pinot Noir "Le Renard" Château de Chamirey 2009

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    Mercury is one of the great unsung hero's of Burgundy. It sports a handful of Premier Crus such as Les Reulles (a monopole) and when in the hands of a great producer like Chamirey or Faivley, it makes wines of supreme value.As the nose opens up after a little air you're greeted by plums and cherries with hints of earthiness creeping in. Those ... Read More

    Wine review by Matthew Hugh Walker


  • Château Renard Mondesir Red Bordeaux Blend Fronsac 2005

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    This product of this small estate is often hard to find. I picked up this 2005 in Orange County CA 2 weeks ago on speculation and was not disappointed: the superior structure of this wine provides nicely layered tannins on a bed of wild blueberry. The color is enticing with no sign of aging (oxidation) and on the palate there is a spicy, sligh... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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  • Château Renard Mondesir Red Bordeaux Blend Fronsac 2005

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    Not the best Bordeaux I had. Read More

    Wine review by voxclama


  • A big hello from the Loire valley in France. I'm an English wine trade professional who moved here to live in 2006. Based between Angers and Saumur, I'd be happy to hear from anyone who has questions about the Loire or has tasted something special they think I should know about. Look forward to hearing from you. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello from the Loire valley


  • Renard Roussanne 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by jjknight38


  • Renard Syrah California Blend 2006

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    Meaty nose you smell before getting the glass close to your face. I've tasted many syrahs that are twice as much and deliver less. Good clean fruit and leather on palate. Long sour cherry finish with just enough tannin and acid to keep it lively. Good the next day too. Read More

    Wine review by adamlevin


  • Renard Syrah Kick Ranch 2005

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    Wine review by syrahlover


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