Published on: 17 December 2014
Written by Boutinot Rhone
International 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.
Published on: 15 December 2014
Written by Boutinot Rhone
2014 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.
Published on: 04 August 2014
Written by Boutinot Rhone
Now in its 5th vintage 'La Fleur Solitaire' Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2013 is perfectly poised to be its 'best vintage yet' according to Boutinot's Kim Tidy.
2013 saw everything come together for this white wine from the Southern Rhône, an area traditionally renowned for its full bodied reds.
As the wine is shipped to the UK by importers Boutinot, buyer Kim Tidy further explained his enthusiasm for 'La Fleur Solitaire' 2013 - "its partly because 2013 was a cool vintage (better suited to whites) and partly because winemakers Eric Monnin and Morvane Ceillier are, with each Southern Rhône vintage, subtly fine-tuning how to make their white wines more intriguing and more satisfying".
Each vintage since 2009 has been subtly different in terms of the assemblage and maturation - decisions made through sagacious tasting at evey stage of vinification. As with the 2012 vintage, Clairette has played a small but vital part in the final blend but, for 2013, Marsanne has not been included.
For the 2013 vintage the Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Viognier and Roussanne needed very little oak to underpin their exuberance and enhance their natural appealing flavours, So only one quarter was matured in French oak, less than in 2012, and then only for 6 months in 2nd and 3rd fill 600 litre barrels (‘demi-muids’).
'La Fleur Solitaire', Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2013
“The nose springs to life with the fresh scent of spring flowers, slowly releasing more of the exotic notes you expect from fully ripe southern Rhône fruit as it swirls in the glass. The palate follows suit: fresh, bright and lively at first sip, the mid-palate fills out with the fullness and juiciness of fruit picked ripe but not too soft; and builds towards a smooth, subtly textured finish: almost rich, quite savoury. Freshness and ripeness combined, fullness and vivaciousness counterbalanced. Perfect poise” Kim Tidy
Available in the UK now through Boutinot Ltd.