Meet the Producer
There’s something very special about the southern Rhône: beautiful but tough, craggy yet easy on the eye, it has a “texture” you can practically inhale. This place just oozes history and color, with traditions carved over centuries. Our love affair with this region began in the early 1980s, when we first began making wine here. From the climate, the grapes, and the terroir, to the people and the cuisine – there’s no doubt that, for people like us, with an ambition to make great wines, the southern Rhône has it all. Ten years ago, we spotted the potential of Cairanne when we released our first vintage of La Côte Sauvage. So it seemed natural, when a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity arose to buy a spectacular plot of vineyards in Cairanne, that we should choose to establish our winery here as well.
Now we have seven vineyards we can call our own, as well as a working winery and cellar we have re-furbished with loving care. In the cellar we prefer time-honored winemaking methods such as a long cuvasion aided only by natural yeasts, gentle remontage, manual pigeage and patient maturation in a nursery of French oak barrels.
About the Winemaker
After six years of study in Oenologist school in Orange (close to Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and diploma in his pocket, Julien Dugas's career spans making wine in many of the key villages and Crus of the Southern Rhône, including Rasteau, Gigondas, Séguret, Ventoux, Costière de Nimes, Vacqueyras and Châteauneuf-du-Pape (at Domaine le Vieux Télégraphe) as well as further afield in South Africa. As Julien describes himself 'I am a man of the ground’ - always close to the source of his wines and with a strong belief that this is key to making quality wine. Whilst he’s the full-time winemaker at Domaine Boutinot he’s also responsible for over-seeing all our Rhône produced wines.