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2013: Perfectly Poised for the 'Best Vintage yet'

Published on: 04 August 2014



Now in its 5th vintage 'La Fleur Solitaire' Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2013 is perfectly poised to be its 'best vintage yet' according to Boutinot's Kim Tidy.

2013 saw everything come together for this white wine from the Southern Rhône, an area traditionally renowned for its full bodied reds.

As the wine is shipped to the UK by importers Boutinot, buyer Kim Tidy further explained his enthusiasm for 'La Fleur Solitaire' 2013 -  "its partly because 2013 was a cool vintage (better suited to whites) and partly because winemaker Eric Monnin, with each Southern Rhône vintage, is subtly fine-tuning how to make their white wines more intriguing and more satisfying". 

Each vintage since 2009 has been subtly different in terms of the assemblage and maturation - decisions made through sagacious tasting at evey stage of vinification. As with the 2012 vintage, Clairette has played a small but vital part in the final blend but, for 2013, Marsanne has not been included.

For the 2013 vintage the Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Viognier and Roussanne needed very little oak to underpin their exuberance and enhance their natural appealing flavours, So only one quarter was matured in French oak, less than in 2012, and then only for 6 months in 2nd and 3rd fill 600 litre barrels (‘demi-muids’).

'La Fleur Solitaire', Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2013
The nose springs to life with the fresh scent of spring flowers, slowly releasing more of the exotic notes you expect from fully ripe southern Rhône fruit as it swirls in the glass. The palate follows suit: fresh, bright and lively at first sip, the mid-palate fills out with the fullness and juiciness of fruit picked ripe but not too soft; and builds towards a smooth, subtly textured finish: almost rich, quite savoury. Freshness and ripeness combined, fullness and vivaciousness counterbalanced. Perfect poise” Kim Tidy

Available in the UK now through Boutinot Ltd. 



Gold for 1st vintage of 'Les Six' at Sommelier Wine Awards

Published on: 28 May 2014

FPB155 300 dpi High ResSWA gold'Les Six', a new style of Cairanne recently released from Boutinot Rhône, has today secured Gold at the Sommelier Wine Awards 2014. 

Now in its 8th year, the Sommelier Wine Awards is dedicated to the UK on trade and judged by prominent sommeliers, restaurateurs, and hoteliers. All submissions are tasted blind. 

 'Les Six' Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne 2011, part of the Fide et Arte range by Boutinot Rhône, also won a 'By the Glass' award, given to wines that are 'great on their own' as well as with food' and the 'Food Match' award for Gold winning wines judged to work exceptionally well with a specific dish. 

Commenting on 'Les Six' triple success judges said 'Sweet fruit, judicious oaking, well-integrated tannins and fantastic value won this wine a spot on the By The Glass list as well as a coveted Food Match award - one of only five wines to do the double this year. Consultant sommelier Nicolas Clerc MS praised the balance and racy nature, 'earthy, truffle and bay leaf, juicy and rich palate'. Ragout, rib eye steak or puy lentil dishes were reckoned to be the ideal food matches'.

‘Les Six is, exceptionally for a Cairanne, a blend of six grape varieties which winemaker Eric Monnin co-fermented together in pairs to show how the rare and ancient varieties of Carignan Noir, Cinsault and Counoise could 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' was later assembled and matured only in tronconique (large oak vats) for ten months at Boutinot Rhône’s recently refurbished cellars in Cairanne. Just 12,000 bottles were produced.

"We passionately believed we could make a new style of Cairanne from six Rhône varieties which could be stunning, but it was a leap of faith. Now we have these medals, I'm delighted that 'Les Six' 2011 has been recognised in this way by some of the world's most respected sommeliers, not only for me, not only for the team at Boutinot Rhône, but also for the Cairanne vignerons whose bijou plots of ancient Rhône varieties live and shine in ‘Les Six’ " said Eric.

Les Six’ 2011 Gold award was joined by three Silver winning wines in the Boutinot Rhône Fide et Arte range; two from the rapidly rising village of Cairanne - 'La Côte Sauvage' 2010 and 'Les Deux Barriques' 2010 - and one Côtes du Rhône Villages - ''Les Coteaux' 2011.

Further up the Rhône valley, Stephane Montez' Domaine du Monteillet Côte-Rôtie Fortis, 2010 also achieved Silver.

Both producers are represented by Boutinot, who were awarded ‘Merchant of the Year’ for  a staggering the 6th consecutive year, winning 28 Gold medals within their total haul of 131 awards. 

For more information about Boutinot Fide et Arte ‘Les Six’, Cȏtes du Rhône Village Cairanne 2011 click here

For full details of Boutinot's success at the Sommelier Wine Awards 2014 click here 


Wine Spectator 91 points for Cairanne and Séguret 2010

Published on: 09 October 2013

US magazine the Wine Spectator has again awarded 91 points to both the Cairanne and Séguret 2010 from Boutinot Rhône. Published in the latest issue (31st October 2013) this is a repeat of the 91 points awarded by the Wine Spectator for the 2009 vintage of both wines (30th September 2012).

Made at Boutinot Rhone's cellars in Cairanne 'La Côte Sauvage', Cairanne, Côtes du Rhône Villages 2010 is part of the Fide et Arte range. James Molesworth, the publication's Senior Editor and Rhône specialist described 2010 'La Côte Sauvage' as:-

"Very fleshy and engaging, with plum, blackberry and blueberry pate de fruit flavors, buttressed by roasted apple wood and pastis notes. Lively acidity keeps the finish pumping along. Drink now through 2016. 91 Points." JM, Wine Spectator, 31st October 2013

Also awarded 91 points for the second time was 'Les Coteaux Schisteux', Séguret, Côtes du Rhône Villages 2010 (the 2009 vintage last year achieved 91 points). Commenting on the 2010 vintage of 'Les Coteaux Schisteux' James Molesworth said:-

"A gorgeous red, showing roasted apple wood and anise notes out front, with a large core of steeped loganberry, plum and boysenberry fruit. A briar accent hangs on the finish, as the fruit melts slowly. Drink now through 2016. 91 Points." JM, Wine Spectator, 31st October 2013. 

Both wines were released in late Spring 2013 following a long, slow maturation in a variety of old and new barrels (228l) and demi-muids (600l). 2010 also marks the first vintage from Boutinot Rhône’s base in Cairanne. 

In July 'La Côte Sauvage' Cairanne, Côtes du Rhône Villages 2010 was awarded Double Gold at the ‘Romancing the Rhône' Shootout, organized by California based ‘Affairs of the Vine’.