Intense morello cherry fruit and a touch of sweet spice on the nose, ripe berry, liquorice and a hint of cinnamon spice on the palate, this wine is full flavoured, rich and smooth with supple tannins.
The Southern Rhone village of Cairanne lies in the heart of the Southern Rhone valley, north east of Orange. Nearby Chateauneuf-du-Pape was the first village in the whole of France to be recognized for its quality and individuality, and neighbouring villages such as Cairanne are queuing up to receive their own Appellation Contrle status, but representing excellent value for money in the intervening period. For this La Cte Sauvage fully ripe Grenache and Syrah grapes are hand picked from bush vines in selected vineyards within Cairanne, northeast of Orange in the heart of the Rhne valley.
In the Winery
To make this Cairanne, our winemaker, Eric, uses traditional vinification techniques - indigenous yeast and a long cuvaison period, followed by maturation in French oak barrels to develop great concentration, complexity and finesse in the wine.
2009 Vintage: "Ambitiously toasty, but pulls it off, as the alder and mesquite flavors meld into the core of blackberry, black currant and steeped cherry fruit. Dense and fleshy on the finish, with tar and black tea notes weaving in. This has lots of bass, but shows cut and drive. Drink now through 2016." 91 points. James Molesworth, Wine Spectator. September 2012
2009 Vintage: A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Carignan, the 2009 la Cote Sauvage is decidedly modern with its toast, vanilla, dried flowers, and spice qualities, yet it stays beautifully balanced and elegant, showing a core of sweet fruit and plenty of depth as well. Aged for 22-months in mostly neutral oak (some new), this medium to full-bodied 2009 is supple, seamless, and very classy on the palate. It shows its oak, but it is one of those wines thatpulls it off. I would drink bottles over the coming 4-6 years, yet I suspect it will have a gradual evolution. 90 Points. The Rhne Report Issue 13, October 2012.
Grapes: Grenache Noir, Syrah, old Carignan Noir, Mourvdre