Common practice in the Côtes du Rhône is to bottle the best cuvées as a single, named, village wine
and the rest as more basic Côtes du Rhône Villages. Boutinot’s philosophy, on the other hand, is to
start with the intention of making the very best Côtes du Rhône Villages possible by sourcing wine
from the vineyards of named villages, and enriching them with a small proportion of barrel-aged wine
from Sablet and Séguret. Boutinot's Côtes du Rhône Villages 'Les Coteaux' is therefore a selection of
the best Grenache Noir and Syrah from some of the 17 named Côtes du Rhône Villages. We source
wine from a number of growers with exceptional terroir and so have the flexibility to select only the
very best fruit each vintage (rejecting parcels which do not meet our high standards). Mostly unoaked,
a small proportion (15%) is part-aged for up to 20 months in a few new, but mostly older, oak barrels
to bring depth and subtle notes of complexity.
Immediately impressive, this wine reveals its class from the start. Brambly fruit underpinned by subtle
oaky nuances, lovely sweet spice - warm star anise with a touch of cinnamon. This classic Côtes du
Rhône Villages is enriched with specially-selected parcels from Séguret and Sablet.
A delicious accompaniment to hearty food: grilled meats, meaty sausages with mash or, as would be
served in France, with puy lentils; shepherd's pie, mushroom ragoût or simply a good pizza.