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Les Six 2015 is Tim Atkin MW's Wine of the Week

Published on: 19 March 2018

Les Six Cru 2015
Tim Atkin MW has made Les Six 2015 his 'Wine of the Week' on his timatkin.com.com website.

Describing the first vintage of Les Six to be released as Cairanne A.O.C.  as 'outstanding value' he also awarded the wine 93 points. 

'Les Six', Cairanne A.O.C 2015
93 POINTS and WINE OF THE WEEK  
www.timatkin.com March 19th 2018

“Made with six different varieties - nothing compared with Châteuneuf-du-Pape's 14, but still quite a large number - this is a superb, modern, Grenache-dominated Cairanne, which carries its comparatlvely high alcohol lightly, thanks to the structure and acidity of the 2015 vintage. Spicy tapenade and wild herb aromas segue into a smooth, deftly oaked palate with very fine tannins and a core of sweet, tarry blackberry and blueberry fruit. Outstanding value.”– Tim Atkin

'Les Six' is a blend of six grape varieties, co-fermented together in pairs to show how the rare and ancient varietiesof Carignan Noir, Cinsault and Counoise can enhance the more popular southern Rhône varieties of Grenache Noir, Syrah and Mourvèdre.  The wine is vinified (using traditional methods in) and matured in tronconique (6,0000 litre oak vats) for up to twelve months in the Cairanne cellars of Domaine Boutinot Rhône.

Following the recent elevation of Cairanne to Cru appellation status ( from named Cotes du Rhône Villages), Les Six 2015 is classified as Cairanne A.O.C., in the same way as other Southern Rhône Cru such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape or Rasteau. Marking this change is a subtle evolution of the label – the word 'Les Six' is now more pronounced in a red font and the Domaine Boutinot Rhône bee symbol has been printed in gold foil; design cues which indicate the premium quality of this domaine bottled wine from the highly rated 2015 vintage.

For all recent press reviews of Les Six, Cairanne A.O.C. 2015 click here. 

To find out more about Tim Atkin MW click here.

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91 Wine Advocate Points for Les Six 2015

Published on: 07 November 2017

WA Les Six 91 Points.001The Wine Advocate has awarded 91 POINTS to 'Les Six', Cairanne AOC  2015 from Domaine Boutinot Rhône.

'Les Six', Cairanne, AOC 2015
91 POINTS, The Wine Advocate (Issue 233, 31st October 2017)
“Named for the six grape varieties in the blend, the 2015 Cairanne Les Six features this cuvée's hallmark spice and garrigue notes but backs them with concentrated cherry and raspberry fruit and a silky finish. Drink this medium to full-bodied wine over the next 5-8 years.”– Joe Czerwinski. 

'Les Six' is a blend of six grape varieties, co-fermented together in pairs to show how the rare and ancient varietiesof Carignan Noir, Cinsault and Counoise can enhance the more popular southern Rhône varieties of Grenache Noir, Syrah and Mourvèdre.

Following a traditionally slow vinification, using only natural yeasts, gentle remontage and manual pigeage Les Six is later assembled and matured only in tronconique (large oak vats) for up to twelve months at the Cairanne cellars of Domaine Boutinot Rhône.

2015 is the first vintage of  'Les Six' to be released as Cairanne AOC following the elevation of Cairanne to Cru appellation status from the 2015 vintage.

For more information one  Les Six, Cairanne AOC click here

Two neighbouring Southern Rhône wines from the 2015 vintage were also reviewed by The Wine Advocate. Domaine La Haute Marone 'Les Cru des Dentelles Montmirail' Gigondas 2015 received 92 points, while Les Banquettes Escarpées Rasteau 2015 received 91 points. Both wines are also represented by Boutinot. 

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90 Wine Spectator points for La Côte Sauvage Cairanne 2014

Published on: 20 July 2017

FPB152 300 dpi High Res 2014'La Côte Sauvage', Cairanne Côtes du Rhône Villages 2014 from Boutinot Rhône has been awarded 90 points by the Wine Spectator (31st August 2017 issue).

In a ‘Sneak Preview’ of the August 31st issue, James Molesworth, the publications Senior Editor and Rhône specialist described ‘La Côte Sauvage’ 2014 as:

“This has enticing mesquite and black tea aromas that give way to a core of gently steeped red currant and plum fruit. Shows a solid graphite edge through the finish.”– James Molesworth.

This review follows 90 points awarded in April 2017 by the UK's Wine Gang and in May a winning place on the UK’s Top 100 Wine Merchant list.  Judges commented that La Côte Sauvage 2014 shows "outstanding winemaking, at a very good price”.

La Côte Sauvage, Côtes du Rhône Villages 2014 was made with Grenache Noir, Syrah. Mourvèdre and Carignan Noir hand picked from old vineyard plots above the village of Cairanne, all recently awarded Cru status.