Cairanne “Les Douyes”

Elegant tannin structure with great aging potential.

Bottle Size: 750 mL; 1.5 L Magnum (2012)

UPC Number: N/A

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  • Winemaker Notes Brothers Frédéric and François Alary are the tenth generation of winemakers to tend this estate in the Côtes-du-Rhône over the last 300 years (the family history goes back to 1692). They succeeded their father in 1984, and cultivate 27ha of some of the best plots in Cairanne. The Alarys’ vineyards are located on steep hills of two main lieux-dits, les Douyes and St-Martin. The estate takes its name from the small chapel (oratoire) that stands in this last plot.
  • Tasting Notes The lack of Syrah gives Mourvedre a rare chance to shine, its 40% bringing spicy, savory dimension to the body of Grenache. Elegant tannin structure offers more savory interest with aging.
  • Press VN 90

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  • Vineyard The soil is very rocky, with a high proportion of limestone and two types of clay, yellow on the surface and blue deeper down. Most of the vines are over 40 years old and some are reaching their 100s.
  • Vinification Aged entirely in vats.
  • Viticulture Vines planted in 1905. Vineyard work is organic, although the Alary brothers may prefer the term traditional.
 

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