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Cairanne Cru - Official Announcement

Published on: 30 June 2016

YESTERDAY THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALLY CONFIRMED CAIRANNE'S APPELLATION STATUS AS CRU. Following the eight year application process it is now confirmed that Cairanne is formally classified as Cru, making it the 9th Cru in the Southern Rhône, joining the ranks of respected Southern Rhône appellations such as Gigondas, Rasteau and Châteauneuf-du -Pape.  


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 classified as Cairanne AOP, to be released in 2017/18. 

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.   
2016 June 29th: INAO officially sanctions Cru status for Cairanne 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. To view the official document granting Cairanne Cru AOP status click here.

Southern Rhone Classification v2 Cru



Decanter "Top 50 Rhône Red" for Les Six 2014

Published on: 30 June 2016

FPB155 300 dpi High Res 2014'Les Six', Côtes du Rhône Villages, Cairanne 2014 from Boutinot Rhône's Fide et Arte range has been included in Decanter's "Top 50 Rhône Red's" list.

Assessing wines from across the Rhône Valley within the £8 to £18 price bracket tasters Matt Walls, Joanna Simon and Christelle Guibert Decanter's Tasting Director, also awarded the 2014 vintage of 'Les Six' 88 points.  

They described Les Six as having “Nutty, oak-toned nose with a touch of gingerbread. Supple, rounded palate but not lacking in appetizing acidity.There’s a touch of kirsch and cola to the black cherry fruit and a delightful dash of spice.” (Decanter, June 2016)

This follows a positive review from one of France's most respected wine publication La Revue du Vin de France, which, in its June 2015 issue, awarded Les Six 2014 14.5 - 15 points out of 20.

Les Six 2014 is due to be released in late 2016.

Meanwhile the 2013 vintage of  Les Six has recently been awarded 90 points from US publication Vinous (which incorporates Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar).

Vinous Rhône Editor Josh Raynolds described the wine as "Vibrant ruby. Powerful black raspberry, cherry and floral pastille scents on the fragrant, spice-accented nose and palate. Fleshy and seamless in texture; white pepper and mineral elements add lift to sweet red and dark berry flavors. Becomes sweeter with air and finishes with very good clarity, sneaky tannins and a lingering vanilla flourish." Josh Raynolds, Vinous (June 2016) 

'Les Six' is, exceptionally for a Cairanne a blend of six grape varieties, co-fermented together in pairs to show how the rare and ancient varieties of Carignan Noir, Cinsault and Counoise can enhance the more popular Rhône varieties of Grenache Noir, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Following a traditionally slow vinification, using only natural yeasts, gentle remontage and manual pigage 'Les Six' is later assembled and matured only in tronconique (large oak vats) for ten months at Boutinot Rhône’s cellars in Cairanne.

'Boutinot Rhône Fide et Arte 'La Côte Sauvage', Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne 2012 was also awarded 91 points by Josh Raynolds of Vinous in the June 2016 issue. 

Cairanne has, in the last two days, been officially sanctioned as a Cru joining the ranks of respected Southern Rhône appellations such as Gigondas, Rasteau and Châteauneuf-du -Pape. For Les Six it is anticipated that Cru status will apply from the 2015 vintage, likely to be released in 2017. 

For more information about Boutinot Rhône Fide et Arte ‘Les Six’, Cȏtes du Rhône Village Cairanne 2013 click here and for the 2014 vintage click here.

For more information about Boutinot Rhône Fide et Arte ‘La Côte Sauvage’, Cȏtes du Rhône Village Cairanne click here

Full details of the meaning of Cairanne's elevation to Cru appellation status can be found here


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 winemaker Eric Monnin'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.