Composed of 50% grenache, 20% syrah, 20% mourvèdre and 10% carignan, the Cairanne “Les Trois Terroirs” comes from the three geological areas of Cairanne: Les Sables, Les Coteaux, and Le Garrigues.
Intense ruby red, this has complex perfumed aromas evoking red and black fruit like strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries as well as 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.
Already impressive, this has the concentration to age for half a decade at least. While bold and young, say the next year, it will be great 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.