2015 Boutinot, Les Six Cairanne, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Rhône Valley
£12.99, 14.5%, D. Byrne
Tasted at: March Sample Tasting
Made with six different varieties - nothing compared with Châteuneuf-du-Pape's 14, but still quite a large number - this is a superb, modern, Grenache-dominated Cairanne, which carries its comparatlvely high alcohol lightly, thanks to the structure and acidity of the 2015 vintage. Spicy tapenade and wild herb aromas segue into a smooth, deftly oaked palate with very fine tannins and a core of sweet, tarry blackberry and blueberry fruit. Outstanding value.
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