Grape(s): Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan
Localization: Rhône Valley, France
The Cairanne “Les Trois Terroirs” comes from the three geological areas of Cairanne: Les Sables, Les Coteaux, and Les Garrigues.
Tasting notes: Intense ruby red has complex perfumed aromas evoking red and black fruit like strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries and floral notes of violets and spice notes of fennel black pepper and garrigue (scrub vines of thyme and laurel). The palate has excellent concentration and length. The bold red and black fruit flavors are framed by firm fine tannins giving graceful texture to this bold young Rhône red. 2015 is a very good vintage.
Food pairing: It goes very well with beef: brisket, steaks, or short ribs. As it ages and mellows, consider lamb chops or stew. I may skip the fuss of cooking, though, and just enjoy it with a plate of flavorful aged cheeses in front of a fire.
The Domain: Situated in the Southern part of the Rhone Valley, this Estate benefits from a Mediterranean climate with long dry summers producing powerful, heady wines. Founded in the mid 19th century, Domaine Boisson is made up of vineyards in the two communes of the Vaucluse: Lagarde Pareol and Cairanne. Some of the Grenache vines are over 100 years old. Only environmentally friendly methods of cultivation are used throughout the estate, and the soil is plowed to encourage deep roots, thus enabling the wines to acquire ‘terroir’ taste.