Like all good stories, that of Boutinot France is both long and a little bit complicated! Boutinot began as a tiny importer in 1980, specialising in French wines. After 10 years, business had grown and Samantha Bailey packed her bags to set up an office in Burgundy. Today, Boutinot's French office has over 20 employees who take care of production across the whole of France, covering fresh whites and rosÃ©s from Gascony, mineral wines from Burgundy, and joyful varietal wines from Languedoc among others. We don't use any single model to source our wines; instead, a combination of sources are used, from large-scale, high-quality co-ops to small, family growers and single domaines, as well as our own vineyards in Cairanne and Saint-VÃ©ran. Drawing on the expertise of our four winemakers and a network of partner growers, we seek to deliver the highest quality-to-price ratio possible for every wine.
Grenache, Syrah and MouvÃ©rdre vines grow on two steeply-terraced plots of limestone, granite and schist. Herbs grow among the vines, and behind this scenic vineyard is the Dentelles de Montmirail (affectionately known as 'Lace Mountain' due to the series of ruggedly curved peaks at the top).
50% of this rich and complex wine is unoaked, the other half in small French oak barrels of 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill for 12 months before bringing them together for release.
Intense aromas of black cherries, then a wisp of smoke creeps in along with some hints of toasted cocoa beans. Deep and intense, this wine slowly reveals its secrets - black cherries, dark chocolate, a hint of clove and nutmeg - hugely rich and enveloping but with elegance.
Ideal with a good Provencale daube or game dishes. Also a treat with hard cheeses, particularly farmhouse cheddar.