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Japan Wine Challenge Silver for La Côte Sauvage Cairanne

Published on: 15 August 2012

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. 





91 Wine Spectator points for Cairanne and Séguret

Published on: 15 August 2012

91 points Wine Spectator for Boutinot Rhone Cairanne and Seguret

US magazine The Wine Spectator has awarded 91 points to both Boutinot Rhône's Cairanne and Séguret 2009 in their 30th September issue.

James Molesworth, the publication's Rhône correspondent described the wines as:-

Boutinot ‘La Côte Sauvage’ Cairanne Côtes du Rhône Villages 2009 "Ambitiously toasty, but pulls it off, as the alder and mesquite flavors meld into the core of blackberry, black currant and steeped cherry fruit. Dense and fleshy on the finish, with tar and black tea notes weaving in. This has lots of bass, but shows cut and drive. Drink now through 2016." J.M. 

Boutinot 'Les Coteaux Schisteux' Côtes du Rhône Villages Séguret 2009 "This rock-solid red is dark and muscular, but also perfumy, with an inviting aroma of warm ganache followed by slightly burly currant paste, melted licorice and cherry pâte de fruit flavors. A ganache note takes an encore on the finish. Drink now through 2015". J.M. 

In addition, as reported on the 3rd August Boutinot Rhône's 'Les Coteaux' Côtes du Rhône Villages 2009 was awarded 90 points and listed in the Wine Spectator's 'Smart Buy' section. 

 Boutinot Rhône's Kim Tidy commented that "We were very confident about the quality of both wines when we released them earlier this year; the Séguret has an extrodinary delicacy, softness and purity of flavour, while the Cairanne shows an interesting tension between finesse and elegance and the opulence of the 2009 vintage. There was much excitement about the 2007 vintage but for us 2009 was even better and (as it's too early to finally judge our 2010 wines which are still in barrel) we think it's our best yet.  So it was heartening to read the Wine Spectator reviews for both Cairanne and Séguret 2009, and for our Les Coteaux Côtes du Rhône Village from the same vintage."









90 Points! Wine Spectator 'Smart Buy' for Les Coteaux

Published on: 03 August 2012

Les-Coteaux-09-Bottle-HiResA sneak preview of Wine Spectator’s September 2012 edition brought great news for winemaker Eric Monnin – further recognition for our Boutinot Rhône 'Les Coteaux' Côtes du Rhône Villages 2009:

“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” James Molesworth.

To be included as a ‘Smart Buy’ in the Buying Guide, Wine Spectator, 30th September 2012 issue.

Eric's aim was to start with the intention of making the very best Côtes du Rhône Villages. 'Les Coteaux' is therefore made from the best selection of wine from the 17 named Côtes du Rhône Villages, enriched with a small propotion of barrel-aged wine from Sablet, Séguret and Cairanne.