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Boutinot Rhȏne Séguret makes Years Best Rhȏne list

Published on: 29 January 2013

Wine & Spirit Year's Best Rhone Wines American magazine Wine & Spirits has included Boutinot Rhȏne 'Les Coteaux Schisteux' Séguret 2009 in its Years Best Rhȏne List.

Part of the 'Fide et Arte' range 'Les Coteaux Schisteux' Ségure, released after 24 months maturation in barrel and demi muid (large 600l barrels), made it onto the list of wines released in 2012. Wine & Spirit also awarded the wine 91 points meaning that it was 'an exceptional example of its type'.

Wine & Spirit make their selection based on a two step screening process - wines submitted to the magazine are assessed by a panel of retailers, sommeliers and winemakers and conducted by W&S staff. The second stage is by the publications own critic who commented:-

Boutinot Rhȏne 'Les Coteaux Schisteux' Séguret 2009
91 points
'From a single, 17-acre parcel of vines over 50 years old - mostly grenache with a few syrah vines mixed in - this is fragrant and spicy. The flavours have substance without weightiness, the fruit chewy without being dry, the acidity keeping it lively'. Regal Wine Imports, Moorestown, NJ

The Wine & Spirits review (February 2013) completes a hat trick of 91 points for'Les Coteaux Schisteux' Séguret 2009 which in recent months has also received praise and 91 points from two other noteable American publications -The Wine Spectator Seguret review (September 30th, 2012) and The Rhȏne Report (Issue 13, October 2012), whose editor Jeb Dunnuck commented that it was 'one of the highest rated Ségurets I was able to taste for this report'.

'Les Deux Barriques' Northern Debut

Published on: 13 December 2012

'Les Deux Barriques' Cairanne 2005 from recently made its North of England debut at Damson restaurant, Manchester. 

Celebrating the debut were winmaker Eric Monnin and Kim Tidy of Boutinot Rhȏne, restaurateur and owner of Damson , Steve Pilling and Manchester wine and restaurant critics Andy Cronshaw (Manchester Evening News) and Mark Garner (Manchester Confidential). On tasting Les Deux Barriques Mark Garner immediately tweeted that the wine was "utterly remarkable".

Les Deux Barriques Cairanne 2005 The two barrels from which the wine was made were discovered by Eric while pre-tasting and racking barrels destined for Boutinot Rhȏne's 'La Cȏte Sauvage', Cairanne, Cȏtes du Rhȏne Village 2005. Already from the celebrated 2005 Southern Rhȏne vintage - described by Decanter as 'a vintage of a lifetime' - the exceptional quality and added potential of these two particular barrels stood apart.

A blend of Grenache Noir, Syrah and Carignan Noir 'Les Deux Barriques' has "faintly wild aromas and sheer class expressed in total harmony. The opposite of overpowering 'Les Deux Barrique is sublime and subtle".

For the dinner Les Deux Barriques was matched to a slow cooked rump of English lamb, cooked a perfectly pink, with crushed peas, smoked bacon, salsa verde and potato fondant. Under chef Simon Stanley these robust flavours had a delicay that didn't over power the subtlety of 'Les Deux Barriques'

Part of Boutinot Rhȏne's Fide et Arte range 'Les Deux Barriques' is a limited release wine, with just 100 bottles and 100 magnums laid down for Boutinot's 25th Anniversary. It is available at Damson both in 75cl bottles and by the glass.

Les Coteaux '09 makes Wine Spectator 100 Outstanding Values list

Published on: 30 November 2012

Wine Spectator Outstanding ValuesIt seems Christmas has come early for our Boutinot Rhône 'Les Coteaux' Côtes du Rhône Villages 2009 as it achieves a place on the Wine Spectator's '100 Outstanding Values' list (Dec / Jan 2013 issue).

To gain a place on this Wine Spectator' list wines must be rated 90 points or higher and cost US $18 or less. The publication's specialist tasting team then select wines to be entered on the list.  

'Les Coteaux' 2009 is one of just six Rhȏne reds included and the only Cȏtes du Rhȏne Villages to be listed.

The inclusion follows a previous Wine Spectator review (September 30th issue) where 'Les Coteaux' '09  was listed as a 'Smart Buy' within the Buying Guide and described by James Molesworth, the publication's Rhȏne expert as:-

“This broad, gutsy red delivers lots of mouthfilling plum, blackberry, roasted fig, bramble, smouldering tobacco and warm stone notes. Dark and dense through the finish, but well-delineated. Drink now through 2016. 90 points” 

Boutinot Rhȏne's 'Les Coteaux' is part of the Fide et Arte range made by Eric Monnin.  A blend of Grenache Noir (and a little Syrah) from the best selection of wine of the 17 named Côtes du Rhône Villages, 'Les Coteaux' is enriched with a small propotion of barrel-aged wine from Sablet, Séguret and Cairanne.