Common practice in the Côtes du Rhône is to bottle the best cuvées as a single named Village wine
and the rest as basic 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 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 (20%) is part-aged for 22 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.