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Boutinot Fide et Arte ‘La Côte Sauvage’ Cairanne, Côtes du Rhône Villages 2014

In the hills above the village of Cairanne in the southern Rhône valley are sited the parcels of Grenache Noir, Syrah, old Carignan Noir and Mourvèdre, from which we made our 2014 ‘La Côte Sauvage’.

'La Côte Sauvage' 2014 is again characterised by finesse and a finely-grained texture evoking exquisiteky spun silk, due in part to the famous ‘argilo-calcaire’ of our hilltop vineyards such as La Pauline and Les Six Terrasses, slow winemaking methods and gentle maturation in French oak,  both 228l barriques and 600l demi-muids, some new but mostly second to fourth fill. 

A hallmark of our  'La Côte Sauvage' is finesse and finely grained texture combined with bright and vivacious tones of wild red fruits interlaced with subtle nuances of French oak.

Vintage: 2014
Classification
Cairanne Côtes du Rhône Villages
Grapes
Predominately Grenache Noir with some Syrah and a little Mourvèdre and Carignan Noir, all hand -picked
Vineyards
Our Cairanne vineyards are strewn with limestone pebbles over clay, the classic vineyard terroir of ‘argilo-calcaire’ combining minerality from the limestone with enriching nourishment from the water-retentive clays. All older vines on hillside slopes over looking the church of Cairanne.
Winemaking
Hand-picked over a number of weeks to achieve optimum ripeness. Fermented by naturally present ‘wild yeasts’ over 25-35 days cuvaison.
Maturation
Matured for up to 24 months in mostly traditional, smaller 228 litre barrels and 600 litre demi-muids of second to third fill.
Alcohol
13.5% vol
Bottled
February 2017
Bottle Size
6x75cl & 6x150cl (limited edition magnums)
Awards
Top 100 Wine Merchant 2017 - Winner
Press Reviews
90 Points - Wine Spectator (31st August 2017)
"This has enticing mesquite and black tea aromas that give way to a core of gently steeped red currant and plum fruit. Shows a solid graphite edge through the finish. Drink now through 2020." – James Molesworth

90 Points - The Wine Gang (April 2017)
"A succulent, smooth Cairanne with lovely freshness and a wealth of flavours – white pepper, fresh strawberry, roasted fruit, cinnamon, liquorice and minerally earth. Unusually for Cairanne, it's a blend of six grapes: Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah – so far so usual – plus Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise. All six are fermented (some together, some separately) with wild yeasts and the wine is matured in large vats, so there's no oak to speak of. Result: complexity and approachability. Good with roast vegetables – Mediterranean and root – as well as meat."

"From a village in the Rhone valley recently awarded cru status, putting it up there with illustrious names such as Crozes-Hermitage and Chateauneuf Du Pape, is a wine which blends the Syrah of the northern Rhone with the Carignan and Grenache more typical of the south. Full, rich and very smooth, but with touches of sweet spice on the finish. All tomato-based Mediterranean cuisine and, at this time of year, barbecued meats.
Wine of the Week, Terry Kirby, The Independent (8th June 2017)


Boutinot Fide et Arte ‘La Côte Sauvage’ Cairanne, Côtes du Rhône Villages 2013