Boutinot “Les Coteaux Schisteux” Séguret Côtes du Rhône Villages, 2016
High up the 'slopes of schiste' 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.
80% Grenache, 20% Syrah
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'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 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 2281 barrels and 6001 demi-muids.
An impressive classic Séguret – about as good as Côtes du Rhône-Villages gets! Paler ruby than some earlier vintages due to the extreme proportion of Grenache, the nose is however as explosive, plush and opulent as ever, layered with exotic spice, cracked black pepper and of course streaked with vanilla. The palate is instantly appealing, polished and smooth on entry but steeped in depth and texture as the flavors swirl around, lengthen and delight. The lasting impression is satisfying – a big, opulent and sweet Grenache driven wine with obvious oak quality, great structure, length and finish.
Big hearty casseroles and juicy meat dishes.
Wine Spectator – 91 pts. (2015)
Contains sulfites and no other allergens
Côtes du Rhône Villages
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6 x 750ml
98 cases per pallet / 7 layers