Chateau La Boutignane Grande Reserve Red 2000
It has 12 months of aging in Allier French oak which adds light woody notes that complements, but doesn't obscure, the generous fruit. A true single vineyard wine reflective of the unique plot of land. Suitable for extended cellar aging.
The Corbières appellation is one of the most distinguished in Southern France, and Château La Boutignane makes some of the finest expressions of wine from this region. Owned by the Olivier Faivre family, the wines have won numerous awards in Europe, and Frank Prial of the New York Times describes the wines as "delicious."
Much of the sixty hectares are planted to 60-old vines of syrah and carignane, with smaller amounts of cinsault, grenache and macabeu. All the grapes are hand-harvested and vinified by gravity maceration.
Boutignane produces just four wines: Rosé, Grande Réserve Blanc, Classique Rouge, and Grande Réserve Rouge. All are distinctive wines that reflect the unique terroir of the Corbières region.
An extensive appellation producing a diverse selection of good quality and great values, Languedoc spans the Mediterranean coast from the Pyrenees mountains of Roussillon all the way to the Rhône Valley. Languedoc’s terrain is generally flat coastal plains, with a warm Mediterranean climate and frequent risk of drought.
Virtually every style of wine is made in this expansive region. Most dry wines are blends with varietal choice strongly influenced by the neighboring Rhône Valley. For reds and rosés, the primary grapes include Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault and Mourvèdre. White varieties include Grenache Blanc, Muscat, Ugni Blanc, Vermentino, Macabéo, Clairette, Piquepoul and Bourbelenc.
International varieties are also planted in large numbers here, in particular Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The key region for sparkling wines here is Limoux, where Blanquette de Limoux is believed to have been the first sparkling wine made in France, even before Champagne. Crémant de Limoux is produced in a more modern style.
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.