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No1 in Russia for 'Les Coteaux Schisteux', Séguret 2010

Published on: 27 January 2015

Screen Shot 2015 01 27 at 15.42.43Respected Russian wine magazine Imperiavkusa has awarded 91.3 points to 'Les Coteaux Schisteux', Séguret 2010. 

Awarded the highest points in the tasting Boutinot Rhône ‘Les Coteaux Schisteux', Séguret 2010 was also crowned 'the best value' wine in the tasting (judged on price v quality) and came top in the 1,000 to 2,000 Roubles category. 

Russia’s top sommeliers came together to taste twenty Rhône and Rhône style wines in a blind tasting organized using the 'VinItaly' system of tasting wines blind, in accordance with International Oenology Society guidelines.

Included on the eight strong panel were Victoria Mustyatsa, Director of the Enotria School of Wine, St Petersburg and Igor Sharbatov Chairman of St. Petersburg Sommelier Association.

Commenting on the 2010 Séguret from Boutinot Rhône’s 'Fide et Arte' range before the blind tasting was unveiled, former St. Petersburg Sommelier Champion Ruslan Devetiarov described it as a “very elegantly made wine, you can feel the ‘breed and status’. I would guess that this is Châteauneuf-du-Pape"

'Les Coteaux Schisteux' is sourced from a single 7ha Séguret vineyard where old vine Grenache Noir intermingled with Syrah can only be harvested by hand due to the stony ground and steep terraces. The wine spent 24 months in French oak barrels of differing sizes and fill. Igor Ershov, President and founder of League of Sommelier School commented that there had been “Very good work with the oak’’. 

This positive review by Imperiakusva confirms ‘Les Coteaux Schisteux', Séguret 2010 evolution in bottle; in 2013, the year of its release it was awarded 91 points by American magazine the Wine Spectator. 

Boutinot Rhône 'Les Coteaux Schisteux', Séguret 2010 is distributed in Russia by Marine Express.

Read the full Imperiavkusa article here  

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IWC Silver for Les Deux Barriques and La Fleur Solitaire

Published on: 17 December 2014

FPB9011 300 dpi High ResFPB153 300 dpi High Res 20132014 MedalSilverInternational Wine Challenge (IWC) have announced their first tranche of 2015 results, awarding Silver to both 'Les Deux Barriques' Côtes du Rhône Villages 2010 and 'La Fleur Solitaire' Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2013.

The IWC  judging panel comprises some of the most important people in the wine world including Tim Atkin MW, Oz Clarke, Charles Metcalfe, Sam Harrop MW and Peter McCombie MW who together chair the competition. Wines are tasted blind in two waves of judging. 

Currently in its second vintage release, Les Deux Barriques was first released in 2005 when winemaker Eric Monnin realized, while pre-tasting and racking barrels destined for Boutinot Rhȏne's 'La Cȏte Sauvage', Cairanne, Cȏtes du Rhȏne Village 2005, that two barrels stood head and shoulders above their peers. Similarly in 2010 a demi-muid (the equivalent of two barrels) showed similar exceptional potential. 

Les Deux Barriques was the only wine to receive a Silver medal, the highest accolade awarded for wines entered from  the up and coming Côtes du Rhône Villages, Cairanne appellation.

Earlier this year 'Les Deux Barriques' 2010 achieved a Silver at the Sommelier Wine Awards 2014. 

Now its 5th vintage 'La Fleur Solitaire' Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2013 was also awarded an IWC Silver medal

A cooler vintage, combined with winemakers Eric Monnin and Morvane Ceillier's experience of making white wine in the Southern Rhône (an area traditionally known for it's full bodied reds) meant everything came together for the 2013 vintage.

International Wine Challenge judges described the wines as:-

Boutinot Rhône Fide et Arte 'Les Deux Barriques' Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne 2010
"Deep dark plum and garrique aroma with some mint. Ripe black fruit with dried herbs".

Boutinot Rhône Fide et Arte 'La Fleur Solitaire' Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2013
"White peach with honeysuckle and rosewater notes. Jasmine and orange peel on the palate. Minerally finish".

For full information on Boutinot Rhône Fide et Arte 'Les Deux Barriques' Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne 2010 click here.

For full information on Boutinot Rhône Fide et Arte 'La Fleur Solitaire' Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2013 click here.


Boutinot Rhône Shootout hits target

Published on: 15 December 2014

Romancing-the-Rhone image2014 has once again seen success for Boutinot Rhone 'Fide et Arte' wines at the ‘Romancing the Rhône Shootout, organized by California based ‘Affairs of the Vine’.

Five wines in the range were awarded a Gold medal, topping last years tally of a Double gold, Gold and Silver medal.

Once again the red wines in the range faired exceptionally well with 'Les Coteaux Schisteux', Côtes du Rhône Villages Séguret 2011 and  'Les Coteaux', Côtes du Rhône Villages 2011' achieving Gold  together with the newly revived style of Cairanne 'Les Six', Côtes du Rhône Villages, Cairanne 2011, blended from ancient  Rhône varieties, also receiving a Gold medal. 

Both the white and rosé in the range, entered for the first time, were also awarded Gold medals. 

Commenting on the five winning wines from the Boutinot 'Fide et Arte' range judges said:-

'Les Coteaux Schisteux', Séguret, Cȏtes du Rhône Villages 2011 – Gold Medal
"Big and bold color. Rich cooked fruit aromas. Savory fruit with luscious spice. Beautiful layers of dark cherry and anise. Lovely acid on the long finish. 90"

"Profound nose of cassis, liqueur, berries, cherries, meat, cola, and licorice. Interesting European-style flavors of this wine with minerals and meat enhancing the fruit and yet it is very fruit forward. Mouth filling! Alive, dense and chewy. 90"

'Les Coteaux', Cȏtes du Rhône Villages 2011 - Gold Medal
"Earthy nose then raspberry, black cherry and rhubarb notes with a touch of black licorice. The aromas replicate on entry. The tannins are refined. Balanced. Dark berry underlying the spice and fruit. Intensely built...meaty! 90"

'Les Six', Cȏtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne 2011 - Gold Medal
"Rich fruit forward bouquet...strawberry jam, toast, chocolate covered black cherries, and white pepper with hints of vanilla and coffee. The nose carries through onto the lovely palate. Nice acidity and refined tannins. 91"
"Aromas of wild strawberries, violets, plums, blackberries, white spices, and a smoky note. Full bodied entry of plum and berries with vanilla on the mid-palate. Concentrated flavors fruit are enhanced by licorice back notes. Big flavorful finish. 91"

'La Fleur Solitaire', Cȏtes du Rhône Blanc 2013 - Gold Medal
"Bright fresh lemon and floral notes in the glass. Bosc pear and Comice pear accented by tart lemon in the mouth. Very well balanced. Lovely! 91"

'Les Cerisiers', Cȏtes du Rhône Rosé 2013 - Gold Medal
"Lively palate with soft red fruit complemented by floral and spice notes. Tea and spice on the delightful finish. 91"
"This rose is bigger and bolder than it appears, and that's a good thing! Tangy and delightful finish. 88"

Now in its 3rd year the Rhône Shootout, organised by Barbara Drady, is a comprehensive tasting of Rhône style wines judged by a panel of wine professionals from the retail, restaurant and wine trade, wine makers and writers and educated consumers.

Wines are tasted completely blind without reference to appellation, vintage or price. Judging takes place over a three month period and, to avoid 'palate fatigue', each judge was limited to tasting only 32 wines per day.