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Cru for Cairanne

Published on: 19 February 2016

CAIRANNE'S APPELLATION STATUS TO CHANGE TO CRU. After an eight year application process Cairanne will now be formally recognized as a Cru, joining the ranks of respected Southern Rhône appellations such as Gigondas, Rasteau and Châteauneuf-du -Pape. 


Elevation to Cru status will mean that from the 2015 vintage, wines produced under the new appellation regulations can be labeled simply as Cairanne AOP. Until now Cairanne has been one of the 18 named Villages within the Southern Rhône, alongside Séguret and Sablet, with wines labeled Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne.

Currently there are 8 Cru in the Southern Rhône with Cairanne now confirmed as the 9th. 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 released as a Cairanne AOP.

Commenting on the change in status, Eric Monnin Boutinot’s head winemaker said “Cru status is recognition of the quality of wines that we are all producing in this village and a testament to our terroir, hard work throughout the year and devotion to making the best Cairanne we can in each succeeding vintage."

To determine the parameters of the new cru Cairanne vineyard plots were closely inspected. We are pleased to report that all vineyards of Boutinot Rhône's estate in Cairanne, which are hand pruned and hand harvested, fall within the definition of the new Cairanne Cru appellation map. 

Cru status imposes new and more rigorous parameters which we must respect in the vineyard and in the winery and the good news breaks as we finish the pruning and await bud burst in preparation of the 2016 vintage as cru.” said Eric.

Application for Cru status began in 2008 by members of the Syndicat des Vignerons de Cairanne. Asked about his reaction to the news Eric Monnin went on to say “Whilst we await the official ‘déclaration’ from the Minister, we will raise a glass of our ‘Les Six’ with some of our neighbouring vignerons to welcome the breaking news that our village will indeed become a cru of the southern Rhône valley” 

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.   

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.

Southern Rhone Classification Cairanne Cru



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  

See full details of Boutinot Rhône 'Les Coteaux Schisteux', Séguret 2010

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.