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Boutinot ‘Les Coteaux Schisteux’, Séguret Côtes du Rhône Villages (jeroboam in gift box) 2012

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Domaine Boutinot Rhône

High up the ‘slopes of schiste’ in the rugged mountainous terroir of Seguret lies a single vineyard so predominantly planted with Grenache Noir (intermingled only here and there with some Syrah) that the resulting wine – Les Coteaux Schisteux - comes close to being one of the purest expressions of Grenache Noir in the southern Rhône valley.

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Boutinot’s love affair with the Southern Rhône spans thirty years of making wine in the region. In 2010 the relationship...

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Production

'Les Turcs' is a single east-facing high-altitude vineyard with stony, argillaceous limestone terraces , above the schistous slopes of the village of Séguret. Here, on vines of 50 years of age (some are older), the grapes benefit from the morning sun and even ripening temperatures. Grenache Noir and Syrah can only be harvested by hand in this unforgiving terroir. Traditional long cuvasion using only wild ‘natural’ yeasts is aided by regular remontage to release all the potential of the grapes and their skins. The wine spends 22 months in French oak 228l barrels and 600l demi-muids.

Tasting notes

This Séguret is ageing gracefully in bottle and reveals intoxicating aromas of intensely ripe fruit (figs and plums) married to subtly-integrated oak. The palate is savoury yet fulsome; prunes and game imbued with all the wild herbs of the southern Rhône.

Food match

Big hearty casseroles and juicy meat dishes.

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