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Japan Wine Challenge Silver for La Côte Sauvage Cairanne

La-Cote-Sauvage-Cairanne-Bottle-HiRes-09Boutinot Rhône's La Côte Sauvage Cairanne 2009 has been awarded Silver in the Japan Wine Challenge 2012.

The 15th Japan Wine Challenge was overseen by Lynne Sherriff MW who, in her first year as Chairman, continued the stong relationships with the Institute of Masters of Wine built up during Steven Spurrier's tenureship from 2001 to 2011.

Held in Tokyo during July 2012 almost 1,350 wines were judged by an international panel including Anthony Rose and David Wrigley MW (UK), Fumiko Arisaka and Katsuyuki Tanaka (Japan), Michel Bettane (France), Andy Dias Blue (US), Andrew Caillard MW (Australia), Rowald Hepp (Germany) and Jim Harre (NZ).

Boutinot ‘La Côte Sauvage’ Cairanne Côtes du Rhône Villages 2009 is a blend of Grenache Noir, Syrah, old Carignan Noir and Mourvèdre vines grown on vineyard slopes in the hills overlooking the village of Cairanne, which lies northeast of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the heart of the southern Rhône valley.

Made using a traditional winemaking approach, grapes are picked by hand and vinified over a long cuvaison period of twenty-five to thirty days by the action of naturally-present indigenous yeasts and daily remontage. The wine is then racked into traditional barriques of 228 litres and demi-muids of 600 litres, both coopered from French oak, some new, but most seasoned by previous vintages of wine from the Boutinot Rhône range.