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
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Published on: 28 May 2014
Written by Boutinot Rhone
'Les Six', a new style of Cairanne recently released from Boutinot Rhône, has today secured Gold at the Sommelier Wine Awards 2014.
Now in its 8th year, the Sommelier Wine Awards is dedicated to the UK on trade and judged by prominent sommeliers, restaurateurs, and hoteliers. All submissions are tasted blind.
'Les Six' Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne 2011, part of the Fide et Arte range by Boutinot Rhône, also won a 'By the Glass' award, given to wines that are 'great on their own' as well as with food' and the 'Food Match' award for Gold winning wines judged to work exceptionally well with a specific dish.
Commenting on 'Les Six' triple success judges said 'Sweet fruit, judicious oaking, well-integrated tannins and fantastic value won this wine a spot on the By The Glass list as well as a coveted Food Match award - one of only five wines to do the double this year. Consultant sommelier Nicolas Clerc MS praised the balance and racy nature, 'earthy, truffle and bay leaf, juicy and rich palate'. Ragout, rib eye steak or puy lentil dishes were reckoned to be the ideal food matches'.
‘Les Six is, exceptionally for a Cairanne, a blend of six grape varieties which winemaker Eric Monnin co-fermented together in pairs to show how the rare and ancient varieties of Carignan Noir, Cinsault and Counoise could enhance the more popular Rhône varieties of Grenache Noir, Syrah and Mourvèdre.
Following a traditionally slow vinification, using only natural yeasts, gentle remontage and manual pigage 'Les Six' was later assembled and matured only in tronconique (large oak vats) for ten months at Boutinot Rhône’s recently refurbished cellars in Cairanne. Just 12,000 bottles were produced.
"We passionately believed we could make a new style of Cairanne from six Rhône varieties which could be stunning, but it was a leap of faith. Now we have these medals, I'm delighted that 'Les Six' 2011 has been recognised in this way by some of the world's most respected sommeliers, not only for me, not only for the team at Boutinot Rhône, but also for the Cairanne vignerons whose bijou plots of ancient Rhône varieties live and shine in ‘Les Six’ " said Eric.
‘Les Six’ 2011 Gold award was joined by three Silver winning wines in the Boutinot Rhône Fide et Arte range; two from the rapidly rising village of Cairanne - 'La Côte Sauvage' 2010 and 'Les Deux Barriques' 2010 - and one Côtes du Rhône Villages - ''Les Coteaux' 2011.
Further up the Rhône valley, Stephane Montez' Domaine du Monteillet Côte-Rôtie Fortis, 2010 also achieved Silver.
Both producers are represented by Boutinot, who were awarded ‘Merchant of the Year’ for a staggering the 6th consecutive year, winning 28 Gold medals within their total haul of 131 awards.
For more information about Boutinot Fide et Arte ‘Les Six’, Cȏtes du Rhône Village Cairanne 2011 click here
For full details of Boutinot's success at the Sommelier Wine Awards 2014 click here
Published on: 02 March 2014
Written by Boutinot Rhone
Boutinot Rhône will offer visitors to London's France Under One Roof a glimpse into the future of the Rhône with ‘Les Six’; the latest wine from their Fide et Arte range.
‘Les Six’ Cairanne Côtes du Rhône Villages 2011 is, exceptionally for a Cairanne, a blend of six grape varieties.
In an appellation often dominated by just two varieties, Les Six is a new style of Cairanne which, due to the ancient varieties included in the assemblage, is moreover a Cairanne whose heart holds dear the traditions of yesteryear.
Winemaker Eric Monnin first had the idea to create this very personal and distinctive style of Cairanne when neighbouring vignerons, trusting his winemaking skill, first revealed to him their most precious plots of Carignan Noir, Cinsault and Counoise.
He decided to combine these surviving varieties with hand-picked old vine Grenache Noir and exceptional Syrah from Boutinot Rhône’s own treasure trove of hillside vineyards above Cairanne.
“With six grape varieties we felt we could express more charm and soul, rather than the raw power you get from many straight GSMs” explained winemaker Eric Monnin.
Through ‘Les Six’ Eric aims to show how the rare and ancient varieties of Carignan Noir, Cinsault and Counoise can, by co-fermenting in carefully considered pairs, enhance the more popular Rhône varieties of Grenache Noir, Syrah and Mourvèdre.
Vinification was long and slow, in the tradition of Rhône Villages of days gone by, using only natural yeasts, gentle remontage and manual pigage. Les Six was later assembled and matured only in tronconique (large oak vats) for ten months at Boutinot Rhône’s recently refurbished cellars in Cairanne.
‘Les Six’, Côtes du Rhône Cairanne 2011, a limited production wine from the Fide et Arte range by Boutinot Rhône, will be available to taste on table 27 at this year's France Under One Roof on the 3rd March in London.