In a nutshell: A deep and intense classic Gigondas that's full bodied with rich and smo
The lowdown: Grenache is the main component in this blend with Mourvèdre and Syrah making up about 15% each. About half the blend is matured for just over a year in oak barrels which adds an extra dimension and complexity. It's full bodied with rich and smooth flavours and intense touches of black cherries, dark chocolate, smoke, clove, nutmeg with hints of vanilla from the oak. It's rich and enveloping but with a real elegance all the way through.
When to drink: A glorious example of Gigondas, it's ideal with things like game dishes on the one hand, or mature farmhouse cheddar on the other.
The story of Boutinot's route to wine making is a bit different to many others in both what they do and how they go about it. As well as growing and making their own wines in France and South Africa they work with a multitude of other producers across the world in putting together good value wines that hit the right spot in the market. And over the years their skill and expertise has built them an excellent reputation.
Things started back in 1980 when Paul Boutinot, who was in charge of sourcing wines for his father's restaurants, disappointed at the quality of wines then available in the UK went to France to look for better quality wines at better prices. This led, in 1989, to him blending his own wines in France and, in 1993, to producing specially sourced wines from South Africa. Over the years they've built on this and whilst still a major distributor of agency wines they now produce wines on their own account in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, USA, France and Spain. While there are many great producers of top quality premium wines around Boutinot's focus unfailingly falls on making value for money wines that don't compromise on quality and time has shown how good they are at it.