Domaine Boutinot, Côtes du Rhône Villages
This quality-driven domaine is located just outside the village of Cairanne. For some years we have enjoyed the excellent wines that Paul Boutinot has been making with grapes sourced from some of the best neighbouring villages. Like all Côtes du Rhône villages the wines use the grape varieties of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan to produce wines of a similar calibre to those of the nearby Châteauneuf-du-Pape but at a much more reasonable price.
Paul Boutinot has long been a major player in the UK wine industry, and we have had a very fruitful relationship with him over the past 30 years. Last year he sold his company to focus on his ground-breaking vineyard in Waterkloof, South Africa. Boutinot UK has continued under different ownership and Paul’s flagship vineyard in Cairanne is continuing to flourish.
The vineyard overlooks the pretty hilltop village of Cairanne, with a selection of wonderful old bush vines, on well drained argilo-calcaire slopes, basking in the Provençale sunshine. These produce small yields of concentrated wine with complex flavours.
Paul’s excellent winemaker Eric Monnin, alongside his able assistant Morvane, continues to run the vineyard, using biodynamic principles, of minimal intervention and respect to their natural surroundings. Eric has a first degree in physics, chemistry and biology from Besancon University, and a Masters in Oenology from the University of Reims. He has brought a wealth of experience with him, having worked at the Champagne House Louis Roederer, and later in Burgundy for Bouchard Père et Fils in Beaune and William Fèvre in Chablis.
We have just tried the latest vintages and two particular wines stand out as fantastic value for money. Both these wines have won a number of prestigious awards and in particular obtained Gold medals at Romancing the Rhônes Shootout in California in 2014.
We are offering a mixed six bottle case of these lovely two wines :
Les Côteaux 2012
AC Côtes du Rhône Villages
This is made from mainly Grenache with some Syrah from six of the adjacent villages, mainly Cairanne, Sablet and Séguret. The wine is mostly unoaked but 12% is barrel-aged, which is added to the final blend.
With a medium/deep purple colour, there are inviting aromas of red berry fruits, tobacco leaf and a hint of oak, while on the palate there is lots of soft, brambly, spicy fruit with a hint of liquorice at the finish and very little tannin. All in all, a lovely, juicy, classic Côtes du Rhône with the added complexity of its Villages status.
Les Côteaux Schisteux Séguret 2011
AC Côtes du Rhône Villages
From the adjacent village of Séguret this is made largely from very old Grenache vines – some are over 50 years in age – in a high altitude vineyard that enjoys every last ray of sunshine during the day, while the argilo-calcaire limestone pebbles in the soil reflect back their stored heat during the night.
It is aged for 24 months in a mix of new and old oak barrels of different sizes to ensure the perfect evolution of the wine without introducing too obvious oak flavours. It is deep purple in colour, with a wonderful nose of ripe cherries, which leads into a silky mouthful of succulent black and morello cherry fruit, with a hint of roast coffee and finishing with very gentle tannins. Available elsewhere at £11.99!