In a nutshell: A lively, fruit filled and spicy Côtes du Rhône red.
The lowdown: While many producers in these parts reserve their best wines for the 17 single village names that can be used Boutinot approach things from a different angle. They take the best fruit from across all these villages to put into this their Côtes du Rhône Villages wine. It's lively, a touch peppery, with plenty of dark fruits and a cherry scented nose. The weight is nicely judged and not too heavy and overall it's fresh and juicy with the fine, soft tannins giving an excellent structural backbone.
When to drink: Made mainly from Grenache with about 20% Syrah it's the sort of wine that goes well with grilled meats, casseroles, or a classic shepherd's pie.
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.