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Producer: BoutinotGrape Varieties: Grenache 85% Syrah 15%Optimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: Smooth rich redAlcohol by Volume: 14%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
Typical red berry fruit on the nose underpinned by subtle oaky nuances. Flavours are densely packed, layer upon layer of primary red fruit are refined by smooth oaky subtleties bound up in a finely woven structure. In the long finish the intensity of the vintage shines.
Boutinot's love affair with the southern Rhône is both enduring and unswerving. They believe to their marrow that they can make great wine here. And for this reason, they have bought their first vineyard in France, here in the southern Rhône – in the village of Cairanne. Ten years ago they first glimpsed the potential of the vineyards of Cairanne when they released the 2000 vintage of La Côte Sauvage. Now they have several plots of old vines they can call their own and begin to realise their dream of making even better wine. Over the past decade or so they have built enviable relationships with a network of local growers and they will of course continue to source grapes and wine from their trove of prized vineyards.
In The Vineyard
Common practice in the Côtes du Rhône is to bottle the best cuvées as a single named Village wine and the rest as basic Rhône Villages. Boutinot’s philosophy, on the other hand, is to start with the intention of making the very best Côtes du Rhône Villages possible by sourcing wine from the vineyards of named villages and enriching them with a small proportion of barrel-aged wine from Sablet, Séguret & Cairanne. Boutinot Rhone 'Les Coteaux' is therefore a selection of the best Grenache & Syrah from some of the 17 named Côtes du Rhône Villages. Eric Monnin sources wine from a number of growers with exceptional terroir allowing him the flexibility to select only the very best fruit each vintage and reject parcels which do not meet their high standards.
In The Winery
Côtes du Rhône Villages enriched with barrels of ‘classified’ named Village wine from Cairanne, Sablet and Séguret. Mostly unoaked, a small proportion (15%) is part aged for 22 months in a few new but mostly older oak barrels to bring depth and subtle notes of complexity.
A delicious accompaniment to grilled meats, heartwarming casseroles or a classic shepherd's pie.
Awards & Press
2010 Vintage: The Wine Merchant 'Top 50' 20132010 Vintage: IWC 2013 - Bronze2010 Vintage: Sommelier Wine Awards 2013 - Silver2010 Vintage: IWSC 2013 - Bronze2009 Vintage: Sommelier Wine Awards 2012 - Gold2009 Vintage: IWSC 2012 - Silver2009 Vintage: China Best Value Wine Awards2012: Gold Award2009 Vintage: DWWA 2011 - Silver2006 Vintage: Sommelier Wine Awards 2010 - Gold
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