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Boutinot Fide et Arte ‘Les Six’ Cairanne AOC 2015

2015 is the fourth vintage of ‘Les Six’ and the first to be elevated to the recently granted status of Cru Cairanne.  

Made, quite exceptionally for a Cairanne, from six grape varieties: Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre, and Syrah, together with ancient varieties of Carignan Noir, Counoise and Cinsault from our neighbours ‘bijou’ plots. The result is a new style of Cairanne, whose heart holds dear the traditions of yesteryear.

Only the very best fruit is selected through hand-picking and hand-sorting whole bunches. The wine was then vinified in large oak vats (tronconique) in the tradition of Rhône vintages of days gone by. Only the natural yeasts present on the grapes were used to vinify the wine, aided by manual daily pigeage. ‘Les Six’ was later assembled, matured, again in the large ‘tronconique’ for less than 12 months, and bottled at Domaine Boutinot's cellars in Cairanne.

2015 is generous, full-flavoured and complex. Whilst there is the typical freshness and elegance coming from our hillside vineyards, the heady aromas and rich palate reflect the ripeness of the vintage: layers of fruit are interwoven and underpinned by a seam of muscular puissance which propels the scents and flavours of peppery red and black fruits to a vibrant, expressive finish.

For the full story of 'Les Six' see our blog

Vintage
2015
Classification
Cairanne AOC
Grapes
Grenache Noir 50%, Syrah 10%, Mourvèdre 10%, Carignan Noir 10%, Cinsault 10%, Counoise 10%
Vineyards
The slopes above the village of Cairanne are be-decked with treasure troves of well-established vineyards steeped in the classic terroir of ‘agrilo-calcaire’ (chalky clay) and bristling with parcels of low-yielding old vines, some of very rare and ancient grape varieties.
Winemaking
Hand-picked grapes, some co-fermented for greater complexity, all vinified by natural wild yeasts and aided by manual pigeage and gentle remontage.
Maturation
Matured only in tronconique (large oak vats) for less than 12 months
Alcohol
14% vol
Bottled
September 2016
Bottle Size
6x75cl (due for release in 2018), 6x150cl (due for release November 2017)
Press Coverage
91 Points - "Named for the six grape varieties in the blend, the 2015 Cairanne Les Six features this cuvée's hallmark spice and garrigue notes but backs them with concentrated cherry and raspberry fruit and a silky finish. Drink this medium to full-bodied wine over the next 5-8 years". Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (233) 31st October 2017.
16- Points - Jancis Robinson, www.jancisrobinson.com (21st October 2016, tasted blind)
Boutinot Fide et Arte ‘Les Six’ Cairanne,  Côtes du Rhône Villages 2013