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.
For the fourth vintage of this wine, premium grapes were sourced from seven vineyards in the southern Rhône picked at dawn for pressing the same morning. Clairette adds freshness and acidity to the blend. 50% Grenache Blanc, 22% Rousanne, 22% Clairette and 6% Viognier.
The grapes are pressed gently and fermented at low temperature. 77% of the wine was vinified in stainless steel, fermented and matured briefly in 300l oak barrels, 50% new oak and 50% 2nd fill.
The nose is pretty and delicate, just hints of hedgerow flowers. The flavours are nuanced and refined rather than overt. Careful use of oak adds texture and vinosity to this very drinkable white.
- Additional Information
Name Boutinot La Fleur Soltaire Cotes du Rhone Blanc Country France Region Cotes du Rhone ABV% 13% Vintage 2017 Grape Variety 50% Grenache Blanc, 20% Viognier, 7.5% Rousanne, 7.5% Marsanne, 7.5% Bourboulenc, 7.5% Clairette Size 750ml Dietary Information Suitable for Vegetarians, Suitable for Vegans