In a nutshell: Fresh and medium-bodied with a nose that is pretty and delicate, just hints of hedgerow flowers.
The lowdown: The flavours are nuanced and refined rather than overt. Careful use of oak adds texture and viscosity to this very drinkable white.Following an experiment with a micro cuvée crafted from seven barrels back in 2009, Boutinot now source grapes from selected vineyards in the southern Rhône. Each parcel is picked separately in the cooler early daylight hours for gentle pressing that same morning, and each is fermented at a low temperature.
When to drink: A lovely apéritif, or with light starters and grilled fish.
Boutinot's love affair with the southern Rhône spans thirty years of making wine in the region. In 2010 the relationship was sealed with the purchase of a winery and vineyards above the village of Cairanne which lies in the heart of the southern Rhône valley, north east of Orange.
Domaine Boutinot's seven vineyards, planted with classic southern Rhône varieties - old vine Grenache Noir and Syrah, Mourvèdre and the more traditional Carignan Noir - all fall within the Cairanne Cru map, sanctioned in 2016 when Cairanne was granted its own appellation status. By working with their vigneron neighbours, they help revive traditional varieties such as Cinsault and Counoise and in the cellar they prefer time-honoured winemaking methods such as a long cuvasion aided only by natural yeasts, gentle remontage, manual pigeage and patient maturation in a nursery of French oak barrels.