Back in 1980, Paul Boutinot set up what was to become the UK's leading wine distributors. Since then they have grown beyond just distribution and now have theoir own winemaking operations in countries such as Australia, France, South Africa and Italy.
By having their own vineyards, it enables them to practice what they preach. They roll up our sleeves and get stuck in. It gives them the knowledge and capability to experiment, innovate and develop their own unique tasting wines. 'Made by Boutinot' is more than just vineyards and cellars. It’s a longstanding relationships with hundreds of winegrowers around the world. They craft the wines by both vinifying fruit from their own vineyards, and by selecting and blending wine from partner growers. Boutinot's dedicated product managers (including two Masters of Wine) work hand in hand with experienced and highly talented winemakers and blenders. Together they bring the Boutinot winemaking philosophy to life. It's their mission to ensure all 'Made by Boutinot' wines are crafted to taste the way a Boutinot wine should. Never losing sight of the vision to create high quality wines at every price point.
Boutinot’s love affair with the southern Rhône is both enduring and unswerving. They believe that they can make great wine here and for that reason, Boutinot bought their first vineyard in France, in the southern Rhône – in the village of Cairanne. Ten years ago, Boutinot first glimpsed the potential of the vineyards of Cairanne when they released the 2000 vintage of La Côte Sauvage. Now they have several plots of old vines they call their own and begin to realise the dream of making even better wine. Over the past decade or so Boutinot have built enviable relationships with a network of local growers and continue to source grapes and wine from their trove of prized vineyards for the full range of Rhône wines.
2015 is the fourth vintage of 'Les Six' released as Cairanne A.O.C; the southern Rhône's newest Cru.
The slopes above the village of Cairanne are bedecked 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. The six varieties, some familiar (Grenache Noir, Syrah, Mourvèdre) and others less so (Cinsault, Counoise and Carignan Noir) are hand-picked and hand-sorted to ensure perfect ripeness.
Some varieties are co-fermented together for greater complexity and all are fermented in large 6000l oak vats by the natural yeasts present on the grape skins. Vinification is traditional, aided by manual pigeage and gentle remontage. Les Six was later assembled, matured, again in the 6000l tronconiques for less than 12 months and bottled at Domaine Boutinot’s cellars in Cairanne. Les Six is all about elegance and the expression of six different grape varieties in an appellation often dominated by just two. This is a new style of Cairanne which, due to the ancient varieties included in the assemblage, is also a Cairanne whose heart holds dear the traditions of yesteryear.
The 2015 is generous, full-flavoured and complex. Whilst there is the typical freshness and elegance coming from the hillside vineyards, the heady aromas and rich palate reflect the ripeness of the vintage: layers of fruit are interwoven and underpinned by a plush texture and supple tannins which propel the scents and flavours of peppery red and black fruits to a vibrant, expressive finish.
This wine has a natural affinity with herby lamb but would be superb with most grilled meats and roasted vegetables.
- Additional Information
Name Boutinot 'Les Six' Cairanne AOC Country France Region Southern Rhône ABV% 14.5% Vintage 2015 Grape Variety 50% Grenache Noir, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Cinsault, 10% Counoise, 10% Carignan Noir Size 750ml Dietary Information Suitable for Vegetarians, Suitable for Vegans