Explore The Boutinot Estate
The vineyards of Cairanne are either in the plain on the broad valley floor or in the hills above the village overlooking the landmark church at its heart. All our estate vineyards are on the hillside slopes of La Montée du Ventabren overlooking the church of Notre Dame de la Vigne et du Rosaire and fall within the recently sanctioned map for the new Cairanne Cru.
Our own estate is focused around six plots:
At the highest point on La Montée du Ventabren (altitude 300m) sit Les Six Terrasses (2) to the left and La Pauline (3) to the right. Both are of Grenache Noir, date from the same vintage (planted 1969), and are terraced vineyards, with 6 to the left and more to the right. (Flat terraces break up the slope and make the vines accessible to small tractors). These old bush vine Grenache Noir with their terroir of large, heat retaining pebble stones, produce low yields of deeply concentrated grapes. They are the envy of other growers and some of the best plots in the whole of Cairanne appellation.
At a slightly lower altitude through the estate woodland, is Font Crozes (6). Here in 2011 we planted Mourvèdre on the three well-prepared broad terraces of deep limestone and saffre (compressed sandy limestone). The plot is well-exposed to the wind, well suited to Mourvèdre – like Grenache Noir a late-ripening grape but one which will temper the power of the Grenache, bringing structure, deep concentrated flavours and a wild spicy note to the final assemblage. Perfect for a wine called ‘La Côte Sauvage’.
Just around the corner from Font Crozes is south/south-west facing Saint Andéol (1), planted with our oldest Grenache Noir. Planting records date back as long ago as 1946 with existing vines planted some 10 years later in 1957 and the most recent in 1964. Gloriously low-yielding and generally the last rows we pick. True gems.
In the trees behind this vineyard, protected from the winds is a grotto where the locals fashioned charcoal in a charbonnière.
Of course in addition to Grenache Noir the other grape variety essential to any Cairanne is Syrah. Lower down the same hillside to Les Six Terrasses and La Pauline are two plots, which we named La Ruche (4). Given the winery is the hive of activity for our winemakers, and the bee is the emblem of Boutinot Rhône, what better name for these plots than the word for hive in French?
The sixth plot is a small triangle above La Ruche called La Truffière (5), another virgin vineyard, raked sculpted and its soil prepared for planting in 2011. La Truffière was once a truffle orchard; and we carried out rigorous soil analyses before deciding that Syrah would be well suited to this terroir and well-matched to the older Syrah below in La Ruche.