Meet the Producer 

When you consider how many wines and labels we are involved in producing, what surprises many is that only one, small range carries the name Boutinot. It’s a small Domaine in the village of Cairanne in the Southern Rhone, the place we all love and call the true home of Boutinot.

The vineyards of Cairanne are either in the plain on the broad valley floor or in the hills above the village overlooking the landmark church. All our estate vineyards are on the hillside slopes of La Montée du Ventabren overlooking the church of Notre Dame de la Vigne et du Rosaire.

Our estate is focused around six plots:

At the highest point on La Montée du Ventabren (altitude 300m) sit Les Six Terrasses (2) to the left and La Pauline (3) to the right. Both are of Grenache Noir, date from the same vintage (planted 1969), and are terraced vineyards, with 6 to the left and more to the right. These old bush vine Grenache Noir with their terroir of large, heat retaining pebble stones, produce low yields of deeply concentrated grapes. They are some of the best plots in the whole of the Cairanne appellation.

At a slightly lower altitude through the estate woodland is Font Crozes (6). Here in 2011 we planted Mourvèdre on the three well-prepared broad terraces of deep limestone and saffre (compressed sandy limestone). The plot is well-exposed to the wind, well suited to Mourvèdre – like Grenache Noir a late-ripening grape but one which will temper the power of the Grenache, bringing structure, deep concentrated flavors and a wild spicy note to the final assemblage. Perfect for a wine called "La Côte Sauvage".

Just around the corner from Font Crozes is south/south-west facing Saint Andéol (1), planted with our oldest Grenache Noir. Planting records date back as long ago as 1946 with existing vines planted some 10 years later in 1957 and the most recent in 1964. Gloriously low-yielding and generally the last rows we pick.

Of course in addition to Grenache Noir the other grape variety essential to any Cairanne is Syrah. Lower down the same hillside to Les Six Terrasses and La Pauline are two plots, which we named La Ruche (4).

The sixth plot is a small triangle above La Ruche called La Truffière (5). La Truffière was once a truffle orchard; we are nothing if not creative in our naming, and in 2011 and we carried out rigorous soil analyses before deciding that Syrah would be well suited to this terroir.

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. While he’s the full-time winemaker at Domaine Boutinot he’s also responsible for over-seeing all our Rhône produced wines as well.