Boutinot 'Les Coteaux Schisteux', Séguret Côtes du Rhône Villages (magnum) - Boutinot
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Boutinot ‘Les Coteaux Schisteux’, Séguret Côtes du Rhône Villages (magnum) 2017

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Domaine Boutinot Rhône

High up in the ‘slopes of schist’ in the rugged, mountainous terroir of Séguret 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.

Meet the producer

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 high above the schistous slopes of the village of Séguret. Here, on vines which are 50 years old or over, the grapes benefit from the morning sun and from even ripening temperatures. Grenache Noir and Syrah can only be harvested by hand in this unforgiving terroir. Traditional long cuvasion using only natural yeasts and regular remontage to release all the potential of the grapes and their skins. The wine spends 22 months in 228l French oak barrels and 600l demi-muids.

Tasting notes

An impressive, classic Séguret - about as good as Côtes du Rhône Villages gets! The nose is as explosive, plush and opulent as ever, layered with suggestions of exotic spices, cracked black pepper and streaked with vanilla. The palate is instantly appealing, polished and smooth on entry but steeped in depth and texture as the flavours swirl around, lengthen and delight. The lasting impression is satisfying - a big and opulent Grenache-driven wine with obvious oak quality, great structure, length and finish.

Food match

A wonderful match for hearty meat dishes and casseroles.

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