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Top 100 Wine Merchant 'Winner' for Les Coteaux Schisteux, Séguret

Published on: 19 July 2016

Screen Shot 2016 07 19 at 10.42.15'Les Coteaux' Schisteux, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Séguret 2013 from Boutinot Rhône's Fide et Arte range has once again been included in The Wine Merchant "Top 100" list for 2016.

Judged by a panel of experts selected from top merchants in the UK's independent wine trade, 650 wines  were entered into the tasting, with just 100 making the Winners list.

Commenting on  'Les Coteaux Schisteux' 2013 judges said “Boutinot has a long-standing relationship with the Rhône, with an intimate knowledge of where to source the best fruit from partner growers....That local knowledge is evident in this classic Grenache and Syrah blend from the high performing village of Séguret in the Southern Rhône.  "Deep, dark and dense in colour, with a sumptuous, rich palate" the judges said. "It's a big wine, but the power is balanced with elegance, freshness, spice and chocolate. At the price you're getting an awful lot of wine for your money.”

This is 2nd appearance of 'Les Coteaux Schisteux' in the Top 100 list. In 2015 the 2012 vintage was included in the Top 100 list. 

Les Coteaux Schisteux, Séguret  is part of the Boutinot Rhône Fide et Arte range, whose home is Domaine Boutinot, Cairanne. Sourced from a single, east-facing schiste slope high in the rugged mountainous terroir of Séguret in the southern Rhône valley. So predominantly planted with 50 year old Grenache Noir, intermingled with some Syrah, means Les Coteaux Schisteux comes close to one of the purest expressions of Grenache Noir in the Rhône valley. 

'Les Coteaux', Côtes du Rhône Villages 2013 and 'Les Cerisiers' Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2015 were Highly Commended by the judging panel. 

For more information about Boutinot Rhône Fide et Arte ‘Les Coteaux Schisteux’, Cȏtes du Rhône Villages Séguret 2013 click here and for the 2012 vintage click here.

For more information about Boutinot Rhône Fide et Arte ‘Les Coteaux’, Cȏtes du Rhône Villages 2013 click here

For more information about Boutinot Rhône Fide et Arte ‘Les Cerisiers’, Cȏtes du Rhône Rosé click here



Marine Express welcome winemaker Eric to Russia

Published on: 11 July 2016

ERIC MONNIN OF DOMAINE BOUTINOT RETURNS FROM RUSSIA after a warm welcome from wine importers Marine Express for a range of tasting and training events. 

 Eric Monnin (centre) with staff of the Safe restaurant, St Petersburgh

Travelling between St Petersburgh and Moscow for a range of tasting and training events hosted by Marine Express and their custmomers, Eric presented wines from Domaine Boutinot's Fide et Arte range. As founding winemaker of Domaine Boutinot Eric talked about his passion for the Southern Rhône and particularly the village of Cairanne, where Domaine Boutinot are based, which was recently elevated to Cru status. 

Sommeliers from Leboat and the Safe restauarnt, together with staff and private customers of Vinissimo were enthralled by Eric's intricate knowledge of each component of the blends, which are meticulously put together after rigorous barrel tastings to craft wines for the Fide et Arte range. 

 Eric with Yuri Kuznecov of Marine Express at the Grand Hotel Europe, St Petersburgh

Wines tasted included La Fleur Solitaire Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2015, Les Cerisiers Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2015 and Les Coteaux Côtes du Rhône Villages 2013. Tasting Les Coteaux Schisteux Côtes du Rhône Village Séguret 2013, a blend with a very high proportion of Grenache Noir, sommelier Egor Aleshkov of Leboat restaurant in St Petersburgh commented  that it was the "best Côtes du Rhône he had ever tasted".

Les Six Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne 2013, which recently scored 90 points in a Vinous tasting (June 2016), was also tasted. Les Six  is, exceptionally for a Cairanne, made from six grape varieties;  traditional varieties Carignan Noir, Counoise and Cinsault are co-fermented in pairs with the more popular Southern Rhone varieties Grenache Noir, Syrah and Mourvedre which are classically associated with the Southern Rhône.




Cairanne Cru - Official Announcement

Published on: 30 June 2016

YESTERDAY THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALLY CONFIRMED CAIRANNE'S APPELLATION STATUS AS CRU. Following the eight year application process it is now confirmed that Cairanne is formally classified as Cru, making it the 9th Cru in the Southern Rhône, joining the ranks of respected Southern Rhône appellations such as Gigondas, Rasteau and Châteauneuf-du -Pape.  


Cru status will apply to qualifying wines from the 2015 vintage. From Boutinot Rhône's Fide et Arte range the 2015 vintage of  Les Six is likely to the first to be classified as Cairanne AOP, to be released in 2017/18. 

History of the Cairanne Appellation

1953: Cairanne granted Côtes du Rhône Cairanne status
1967: Cairanne becomes a 'named Village' under the appellation Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne
2008: Members of the Syndicat des Vignerons de Cairanne agreed to seek elevation to Cru status
2009: The INAO (Institut National des Appellations d’Origine) agrees to the application and a map defining the production area of the new Cru is drawn up
2013: First Cru map proposed (total production area of 878 hectares) 
2014 April : Following a public enquiry a 2nd map is presented (total production area 1087 hectares)
2014 April: 2nd map agreed by active members of the Syndicat des Vignerons du Cairanne in a 75% yes vote (98 votes, 73 yes)
2016 February: INAO confirms Cru status will be sanctioned from the 2015 vintage.   
2016 June 29th: INAO officially sanctions Cru status for Cairanne from the 2015 vintage. 

What does Cru mean?

When applied to the wines of the Southern Rhône 'Cru' appellation status is the highest possible as explained in the diagram below. Cairanne has moved from Côtes du Rhône Villages (named villages) to Cru status. To view the official document granting Cairanne Cru AOP status click here.

Southern Rhone Classification v2 Cru