The village of Cairanne (directly North East of Chateauneuf-du-Pape) was elevated to Côtes du Rhône cru status in early 2016, in recognition of its quality, joining other ‘Cru’ names such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas and Vacqueyras. It’s easy to see why when you try this deep and intense herb and licquorice-scented red from Domaine des Hautes Cances. 2009 was an excellent vintage in the Southern Rhone.
Intense prune and cherry fruit with earthy aromas balanced by herbal notes, the palate has licquorice, spice and powerful tannins, which are now ageing well. Awarded 90 points by Robert Parker on release. The Grenache fruit is from 100 year ‘centenarian’ vines. The domain has farmed on organic lines since 1995.
French still red wine from South Rhone Valley France, made with Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.
Domaine des Hautes Cances is owned by Anne Marie and Jean-Marie Astart who farm this 17.5 hectare domaine, making robust wines full of character. Anne-Marie’s grandparents founded the domain in the 1890’s. They inherited the vineyard in 1992 and initially worked it part-time, but around 2000 both gave up their careers in medicine to focus on the estate. View our selection.
Yields are low (in some cases as low as 18-20 hectolitres per hectare) and the average vine age very high – the basic Côtes du Rhône being sourced from 50 years old vines. The vines to produce Cairanne are older, some of them reaching 100 years old. Grapes are hand-harvested and de-stemmed before fermentation with local yeasts in large cement vats, without pumping over or racking. The wines are fermented in old oak Burgundy barrels (‘pieces’). The reds are not fined or filtered and an organic approach is used in the vineyard.