Boutinot “Les Six” Cairanne
Les Six is all about the elegance and the expression of six different grape varieties (in an appellation often dominated by just two) blended together in the tradition of yesteryear. This 2018, is the seventh vintage of "Les Six". Released as a Cairanne A.O.C.; the southern Rhône's newest Cru.
This wine has a natural affinity with herby lamb but would be superb with most grilled meats and roasted vegetables.
The 2018 vintage is full-flavored and complex with the typical freshness and elegance coming from our hillside vineyards. Layers of fruit are interwoven and underpinned by a plush texture and supple tannins which propel the scents and flavors of peppery red and black fruits to a vibrant, expressive finish.
The slopes above the village of Cairanne are bedecked with treasure troves of well-established vineyards steeped in the classic terroir of "agril-calcaire" (chalky clay) and bristling with parcels of low-yielding old vines, some of very rare and ancient grape varieties. The six varieties, some familiar (Grenache Noir, Syrah, Mourvèdre) and others less so (Cinsault, Counoise and Carignan Noir) are hand-picked and hand-sorted to ensure perfect ripeness. Some varieties are co-fermented together for greater complexity and all are fermented in large 60001 oak vats by the natural yeasts present on the grape skins. Vinification is traditional, aided by manual pigeage and gentle remontage. Les Six was later assembled and matured in the same tronconique for ten months and bottled at Domaine Boutinot's cellars in Cairanne.