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Unveiling the Rhône beyond GSM

Published on: 02 March 2014

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.

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‘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. 

3 star destination for 'Les Deux Barriques' 2010

Published on: 29 October 2013

Azurmendi, Spain's three Michelin starred restaurant, adds 'Les Deux Barriques' Cairanne 2010 to its wine list. Recently assessed by chef Eneko Atxa's team 'Les Deux Barriques' was considered fine enough to complement the innovative dishes served up in his world class kitchen. 

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'Les Deux Barriques' Cairanne, Côtes du Rhône Villages was first made in 2005 when two exceptional barrels stood out as complete in themselves and deserving to become their own wine.  

The celebrated 2010 vintage gave rise to the 2nd vintage of 'Les Deux Barriques' when one new demi-muid, the equivalent of two barrels, stood head-and-shoulders above its peers as the best expression of the vintage and a worthy follow-on to the 2005.

Made from low-yielding old vines of Grenache and Carignan Noir, Syrah and Mourvèdre grown in the hills above the village of Cairanne in the southern Rhône valley 'Les Deux Barriques' was matured for 24 months in new French oak demi-muid (600l barrels).

As with all the Cairanne's in the Boutinot Rhône 'Fide et Arte' range, Les Deux Barriques is vinified only by natural wild yeasts and the long cuvasion is aided solely by manual pigeage and gentle remontage. 

 The 2010 vintage is Eneko Atxa's second encounter with the wine. In 2012 British chef  Andrew Nutter presented a magnum of the 2005 vintage during a tour organized by Boutinot Rhône. 2005 marked the opening of Azurmendi, which achieved its 3rd Michelin star just seven years later.


 From left to right: Nigel Wilkinson MS, Paul Askew, Simon Rimmer, Eneko Atxa, Andrew Nutter, Aiden Byrne and Danny Spencer. 


























Wine Spectator 91 points for Cairanne and Séguret 2010

Published on: 09 October 2013

US magazine the Wine Spectator has again awarded 91 points to both the Cairanne and Séguret 2010 from Boutinot Rhône. Published in the latest issue (31st October 2013) this is a repeat of the 91 points awarded by the Wine Spectator for the 2009 vintage of both wines (30th September 2012).

Made at Boutinot Rhone's cellars in Cairanne 'La Côte Sauvage', Cairanne, Côtes du Rhône Villages 2010 is part of the Fide et Arte range. James Molesworth, the publication's Senior Editor and Rhône specialist described 2010 'La Côte Sauvage' as:-

"Very fleshy and engaging, with plum, blackberry and blueberry pate de fruit flavors, buttressed by roasted apple wood and pastis notes. Lively acidity keeps the finish pumping along. Drink now through 2016. 91 Points." JM, Wine Spectator, 31st October 2013

Also awarded 91 points for the second time was 'Les Coteaux Schisteux', Séguret, Côtes du Rhône Villages 2010 (the 2009 vintage last year achieved 91 points). Commenting on the 2010 vintage of 'Les Coteaux Schisteux' James Molesworth said:-

"A gorgeous red, showing roasted apple wood and anise notes out front, with a large core of steeped loganberry, plum and boysenberry fruit. A briar accent hangs on the finish, as the fruit melts slowly. Drink now through 2016. 91 Points." JM, Wine Spectator, 31st October 2013. 

Both wines were released in late Spring 2013 following a long, slow maturation in a variety of old and new barrels (228l) and demi-muids (600l). 2010 also marks the first vintage from Boutinot Rhône’s base in Cairanne. 

In July 'La Côte Sauvage' Cairanne, Côtes du Rhône Villages 2010 was awarded Double Gold at the ‘Romancing the Rhône' Shootout, organized by California based ‘Affairs of the Vine’.