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Les Six, Cairanne, Côtes du Rhône Villages 2014

Mike’s recent discovery from his trip to the Rhône and October’s “Wines We Love”.

Cairanne has recently been elevated to a Cru meaning it’s up there with Châteauneuf du Pape and the other top flight appellations in the Rhône.  The 2014 will be the final vintage that’s labelled as Côtes du Rhône Villages which, given that they used exactly the same methods that are required under the Cru appellation, means that this wine represents extraordinary value.

A blend of all six grape varieties (hence Les Six) that Boutinot grow on the chalky slopes above Cairanne (Grenache, Mourvédre, Syrah, Carignan Noir, Consult and Counoise).  It’s freshness and elegance comes in part, I am told, from the high chalk content in the soil (where just 2 inches of top soil sits on a deep bed of chalk and clay).  It’s very smooth with peppery red and black fruits and just a hint of oak from the ten months spent in that vast oak vat.

I found it very, very drinkable and incredible value.  Enjoy while you can at this price. Snap it up now is my advice.


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