Boutinot Cairanne La Cote Sauvage 2018
A serious, restrained and complex wine. It is rich, intense and drenched in dark red fruits. With morello cherry and a touch of sweet spice on the nose, ripe berry, licorice, chocolate, summer pudding and a hint of cinnamon spice on the palate, this wine is full flavored and smooth with supple tannins. A rich, savory and meaty mouthful!
The perfect match for red meat dishes and rich stews.
Established in 1980, Boutinot has grown to become one of the leading UK based distributors of quality wines from around the world. Their portfolio consists of over 1400 wines and they sell more than 44 million bottles each year, supplying a huge variety of wines to the UK and international retailers, restaurateurs and wholesalers.
Boutinot is very particular about what they do and who they work with to ensure every bottle contains only the best wine sourced from the finest grapes. Being a producer enables quality control of each wine that they craft – a unique advantage Boutinot has over other UK wine distributors.
An appellation full of some of the most delightful and particularly charming reds, Côtes du Rhône Villages includes the best villages of the greater Côtes du Rhône appellation. The possibility for an appellation promotion exists for every named village but each has to achieve and prove superior quality before an upgrade will be granted. The main ones today are Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes-de-Venise, Vinsobres, Rasteau and Cairanne.
The Gigondas appellation, while sometimes producing wines with a touch of rusticity, can often rival Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Its elevations are higher and soils richer in limestone. Vacqueyras reds are more concentrated than the more general Côtes du Rhône reds and must be at least one half comprised of Grenache by law. Beaumes de Venise also includes some excellent higher elevation spots for making snappy, fruity and spicy reds but historically the appellation’s esteem came from its fragrant, sweet and golden Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise.
With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre form the base of the classic Rhône Red Blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. Though they originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley, with some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in other countries. Somm Secret—Putting their own local spin on the Rhône Red Blend, those from Priorat often include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.