The Sour Grape

Boutinot ‘La Cote Sauvage’ Cairanne 2012

Cairanne is the best Southern Rhone region you may never have herd of… this is intense, complex and more than a little Rioja like.

Cairanne is the best Southern Rhone region you may never have herd of… this is intense, complex and more than a little Rioja like.

Cairanne is one of the Villages in the Southern Rhone that is about to be promoted to ‘Cru’ status (like Chateauneuf-du-pape), so at some point soon the prices are going to shoot up… but not yet! So for now you can get some seriously high quality Rhone wines for far less than their famous neighbors. In the glass this has a medium ruby colour with a ruby/garnet rim and an aroma of developed dried red fruits, tobacco leaf, cedar, sour red cherry and stewed strawberry. On the palate this has an intense concentrated red fruits with all of the developed aromatics from the aroma translating as well. It has a lengthy complex finish that goes on for minutes. Acidity and Alcohol have been balanced superbly and there’s a tight knit texture to this wine defined by ripe integrating tannins that still some to go, so this should age well for some years to come yet. Such good value at this price point… Seriously complexity and poise for £15 a bottle from the Oxford Wine Company.

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