Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne wine appellation

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Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne wine appellation
Wine appellation
Cairanne
Address: Cairanne, Provence, 84290
Country: France

The Cotes du Rhone Village Cairanne wine appellation covers just one commune namely Cairanne. Here growers are entitled to add the name of the village on their labels provided they have conformed with the rules of this appellation.
To describe it more strictly, Cairanne should be described as a dénomination within the broader Cotes du Rhone Villages appellation - because it is one of the nominated villages that are allowed to add their name to the words Cotes du Rhone Villages on the label.
The rules for the Cairanne appellation are similar to those for the broader appellation except the permitted yield (the quantity of grapes that can be harvested per hectare) is reduced to 42 hectolitres per hectare rather than the higher 50 hl/hect permitted in Cotes du Rhone areas. An additional requirement is that wines must be vinified at a minimum level of 12.5% alcohol. Reds, whites and rosés can be produced here.
Reds are made from Grenache Noir which must comprise at least 50% of the blend. This grape is supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre (which must together comprise 20% of the blend) and then all of the other nominated grapes varieties for the Cotes du Rhone appellation which include Counoise, Cinsault and Carignan among others.
These red grapes can be used to produce rose wines. In addition, white grapes of the permitted varieties can be used but are limited to a total of 20% of the blend.
The permitted white grape varieties are Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Marsanne, Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Viognier.
Domaine Oratoire St Martin Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne Reserve des Seigneurs
Domaine Oratoire St Martin Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne Reserve des Seigneurs is a dense, opulent red wine of some complexity that is a very good example of the power of wines produced in this up and coming appellation.
Domaine Oratoire St Martin is run by Frederic and Francois Alary. They treat their vineyard with respect and practice sustainable agriculture. The grapes are hand harvested.
They bottle their wine under the Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne appellation. This is a respected appellation centered on the village of Cairanne which lies on the plains that are wedged between the Rhone river and the beautiful, lacy Dentelles de Montmirail mountains.
We have tried this excellent wine at Le Beaugravière restaurant in Mondragon in Vaucluse and at Cumulus Inc in Melbourne.
Domaine Catherine le Goeuil Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne Cuvée Léa Felsch
Domaine Catherine le Goeuil Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne Cuvée Léa Felsch is a beautiful example of a complex, elegant and enticing wine from this exciting appellation.
Catherine le Goeuil is a thoughtful, passionate winemaker who tends her vines organically and makes her wines with care and precision. Her vineyards are quite close to the village of Cairanne on the rolling plains that lie between the Rhone river and the jagged Dentelles de Montmirail mountains.
Cairanne is one of the special villages that can be named on the label of Cotes du Rhone wines due to the quality of the wine produced here. Therefore instead of this being a 'Cotes du Rhone' wine it is a 'Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne' wine.
She currently produces just one red wine under this label. This vintage it is Cuvée Léa Felsch.
We first tried Catherine's wines at a charming wine bar in Paris called Les Pipos. This is a true haunt of locals where most customers are addressed by name. We tried the wine with some rustic goose rillettes and the combination was magic.
The wine is made from a range of the allowable red grapes of the region. This cuvee includes Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise - a very similar combination to those of the nearby Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
In the glass this wine shows purple tints and has toasty, ripe fruit aromas. The tannins are quite fine and there are spicy notes detectable at the back of the palate. We love the long, lingering finish.
Drink it with any meat dish such as lamb chops, roast lamb or any type of steak.
 
     
     
     


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