Intense morello cherry fruit and a touch of spice on the nose, ripe berry, liquorice and a hint of cinnamon spice on the palate, this wine is full flavoured, rich and smooth with supple tannins.
Our love affair with the southern Rhône is both enduring and unswerving. We believe to our marrow that we can make great wine here. And for this reason, we have bought our first vineyard in France, here in the southern Rhône – in the village of Cairanne, you’ll not be surprised to learn! Ten years ago we first glimpsed the potential of the vineyards of Cairanne when we released our 2000 vintage of La Côte Sauvage. Now we have several plots of old vines we can call our own and begin to realise our dream of making even better wine. Over the past decade or so we have built enviable relationships with a network of local growers and we will of course continue to source grapes and wine from their trove of prized vineyards for our full range of Rhône wines.
In the vineyard
The Southern Rhône village of Cairanne lies in the heart of the Southern Rhône valley, north east of Orange. Nearby Chateauneuf-du-Pape was the first village in the whole of France to be recognized for its quality and individuality, and neighbouring villages such as Cairanne are queuing up to receive their own Appellation Contrôlée status, but representing excellent value for money in the intervening period. For this La Côte Sauvage fully ripe Grenache and Syrah grapes are hand picked from bush vines in selected vineyards within Cairanne, northeast of Orange in the heart of the Rhône valley.
In the winery
To make this Cairanne, Paul Boutinot used traditional vinification techniques - indigenous yeast and a long cuvaison period, followed by maturation in French oak barrels to develop great concentration, complexity and finesse in the wine.
The perfect match for red meat dishes and rich stews.WE ARE ON 2011
2010 Vintage: "With sweet fruit alongside savoury and spicy notes, plus hints of oak, this has a good fruit and body, and plenty of flavour. Good value too", Sommelier Wine Awards 2014, Judges Comments
2010 Vintage: "Very fleshy and engaging, with plum, blackberry and blueberry pate de fruit flavors, buttressed by roasted apple wood and pastis notes. Lively acidity keeps the finish pumping along. 91 points." James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, October 31st 2013
2009 Vintage: "Tightly wound and complex, blackberry and blueberries with a touch of Marmite. Enjoyable now, will improve with ageing." Judges comments, DWWA 2013
2009 Vintage: "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." 91 points. James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator. September 2012
2007 Vintage: "Mature, this sports lovely, alluring mesquite and sandalwood aromas giving way to mulled damson plum, black cherry and Lapsang souchong tea notes. The long, suave finish lets the mesquite note hang nicely. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Cinsault." 90 points. James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, 15th October 2011
2006 Vintage: " Medium-ruby colour with white peppery spice on the nose. Rich, savoury and meaty with hints of chocolate, soft tannins, fruitcake and spice." Sommelier Wine Awards 2010, Judges comments
2010 Vintage: Sommelier Wine Awards 2014 - Silver
2010 Vintage: IWSC 2014 – Bronze
2009 Vintage: Decanter World Wine Awards 2013 - Silver
2009 Vintage: IWC 2013 - Bronze
2009 Vintage: 91 Points in Wine Spectator – September 30th 2012 issue
2009 Vintage: 89 Points in The Wine Enthusiast – October 2012 issue
2009 Vintage: 90 Points in The Rhône Report - Issue 13, October 2012
2009 Vintage: Japan Wine Challenge 2012 – Silver
2007 Vintage: Decanter Wine Awards 2011 - Bronze
2007 Vintage: IWSC 2011 - Silver (Best in Class)
2006 Vintage: IWSC 2009 - Bronze
2006 Vintage: Sommelier Wine Awards 2010 - Short List
2006 Vintage: Sommelier Wine Awards 2009 - Short List
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