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 class 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 three particular wines stand out as fantastic value for money. The two village wines have won a number of prestigious awards in the past.
We are offering a mixed six bottle case with two bottles of each:
Les Côteaux 2016
AOP 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 2016
AOP Côtes du Rhône Villages
From the adjacent village of Séguret this is made largely from very old Grenache vines – some are over 50 years old – 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.
La Côte Sauvage Cairanne 2016
AC Côtes du Rhône Villages
Using grapes only from the oldest plots, this is made from Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and old-vine Carignan, which were fermented in big open top fermenters and then aged in oak barrels for 20 months – largely old oak to avoid overoaking the wine.
The results are fantastic! It is deep in colour, with a wonderful nose of both dark and red fruits with hints of violets. On the palate is very concentrated and yet remains fresh with a gorgeous silky texture, bursting with flavours of raspberries and cherries and subtle hints of cinnamon and cloves. There are good, ripe supporting tannins and a touch of liquorice in the long finish.
In the past a Double Gold Medal winner at the Caliornian “Rhône shoot-out”. On sale elsewhere for £16.99.