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Boutinot Rhône 'on prescription' at Imbibe Live!

Published on: 02 July 2012

Les-Coteaux-09-Bottle-HiResBoutinot Rhône are gearing up for this weeks Imbibe Live! event (3rd & 4th July) by taking part in Boutinot's 'Wine List Surgery'.

The surgery will give sommeliers and wine buyers the chance to discuss the shape of their wine list, with Nigel Wilkinson MS on hand to prescribe ways to improve and update lists. Wines will also be available to taste from Boutinot, the Sommelier Wine Award Merchant of the Year Boutinot for the 4th year running.

Among the 12 wines on Nigel's 'prescription' list of great value classics will be the Boutinot Rhône 'Les Coteaux' Côtes du Rhône Villages 2009, a Gold medal winner at the Sommelier Wine Awards 2012 and described by judge Sarah Jane Evans MW as 'textbook wine. You could eat anything with this. Very juicy, with a mocha note'.

'Les Coteaux' typifies Boutinot Rhône's winemaking philosophy. Sourced from the vineyards of names villages, wine is enriched with a small propotion of barrel-aged wine from Sablet, Séguret and Cairanne. Boutinot 'Les Coteaux' is therefore a selection of the best from some of the 17 named Côtes du Rhône Villages, rather than wine 'left over' after making named Villages (as is common practice in the Rhône).

'Les Coteaux' will also feauture in the Wine World Feature Zone as judges select the 'Great Value Classics' and 'Gastropub Wine of the Year' 2012.

Visit Boutinot's 'Wine List Surgery' at stand H42, Imbibe Live!, Grand Hall, London Olympia on the 3rd and 4th July 2012. To book an appointment with 'Dr Nigel' see

2012 Southern Rhône harvest back to normal levels

Published on: 27 June 2012

27°C in the shade in Boutinot's Saint Andeol vineyards today

France has been ‘blessed’ with the same wet and cold weather Britain has suffered during the spring, initially raising concerns for the evolution of the growing season here in the southern Rhône valley.

During April, May and June rainfall has been 49mm higher than average level, with temperatures below expectations for the time of year, averaging 17.5°C instead of 20°C. However, the return to more typical summer weather in the southern Rhône has restored confidence that the 2012 harvest will be back to normal levels.

In the vineyard, as in life, there is always good which can come out of difficulties: so as a result of the spring and early summer rains, the vines are well-nourished and in full bloom of health; and in the Southern Rhône with its Mediterranean climate known for drought in the height of summer, the vines are unlikely to be stressed by such ‘sécheresse’ in 2012.

Eric Monnin, winemaker, speaking from Boutinot's Rhône estate in Cairanne said "Overall the Spring has been quite wet and we were worried that if it carried on raining then flowering would be affected. So when the sun started to shine in mid June, we were very relieved. The dry, warmer weather is just what the vines need at this stage, and we think the harvest won't be affected by the wet and cold weather we had in April and May". Eric went on to say "of course we are still checking each vine carefully for any signs of mildew or oïdium, but so far conditions in the vineyards are good".

Early Grenache Noir berries in good health

Boutinot Rhône’s Spanish Tour

Published on: 20 June 2012

To mark 25 years of winemaking in the Rhône magnum’s of Boutinot 'Les Deux Barriques' Cairanne 2005 were presented to four of the world’s most eminent chefs during a recent North x NorthWest culinary tour.


The North x NorthWest tour brought together the world’s leading chefs based in Northern Spain with four distinguished chefs from the North of England. During the tour the English chefs - Paul Askew (The London Carriage Works), Aiden Byrne (The Church Green), Andrew Nutter (Nutters) and Simon Rimmer (Earle) - met the culianry forces behind the world's most eminent restaurants - Daniel Garcia (Zortziko) , Victor Arguinzoniz (Asador Etxebarri), Andoni Luis (Mugariz), Martin Berastegui (Martin Berastegui Restaurante) and Eneko Atxa (Azurmendi). In thanks for the inspirational menu’s and warm Basque welcome shown to the English chef contingent a limited edition magnum of Boutinot 'Les Deux Barriques' Cairanne 2005 was presented to each Spanish chef.

On presenting the magnum the story behind 'Les Deux Barriques' Cairanne 2005 was told. The wine was discovered during the meticulous process of pre-tasting and racking each barrel desitined for Boutinot’s 2005 ‘La Côte Sauvage’ Cairanne release. Two particular barrels stood apart and these were put to one side, assembled and matured together till late spring 2010. Less than 150 bottles and 150 magnums were produced and the wine seemed a fitting way to celebrate 25 years since Boutinot first made wine in the Rhône

'Les Deux Barriques' Cairanne is highly coveted - 2005 is considered an exceptional vintage in the Rhône; reminiscent of the quality of late 1990's vintages and described by Decanter as ‘a vintage of a lifetime’. The limited production is not on general release and each bottle is numbered and sealed with specially commissioned corks bearing the stamp of Boutinot’s 25th anniversary.

From top left: Simon Rimmer with Victor Arguinzoniz, Paul Askew with Martin Berastegui, Aiden Byrne with Andoni Luis, Andrew Nutter with Eneko Atxa and the team with Daniel Garcia.