Cave de Cairanne Red Rhone Blend Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne Grande Réserve 2006

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About This Wine: Gigondas wines are often full-bodied and muscular. A modern wine making enables us to add here smoothness and aromatic expression.<br/><br/> A beautiful and shining red wine with a deep purple colour intensity. The nose is intense on liquorice, jammy strawberries and black cherries, black olives. The palate is full bodied, with soft and long tannins.<br/><br/> <strong>Origin:</strong> On the East bank of the Rhône river, backing against the first foothills of the Alps, the vineyard of Gigondas, sheltered by the famous Dentelles de Montmirail, overlook the whole valley. The soils are made of stony red clay alluvium and sometimes of falls from the Dentelles.<br/><br/> Best served at: 17° C.<br/><br/> <strong>Food matches:</strong> Duck parmentier, lamb ribs, games and saucy meats.<br/><br/> <strong>Laying down:</strong> 5-10 years.<br/><br/> About The Winery: <strong>The roots of a cellar, a winegrowing history:</strong><br/><br/> 1929, 3 pioneers founded the Cave de Cairanne, mandated by 120 other winegrowers to produce and promote high quality wine, indeed meriting an appellation of origin. The building was not yet completed when the cellars of a capacity of 20,000 hl received their first harvest.<br/><br/> 1937, the frosts of 1936, which decimated olive trees in the region, accelerated the development of vine culture. Cairanne wines were recognized Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée Côtes du Rhône. 1959, the vineyard was expanded over scrubland, and mechanization ensured the development of the Cave, that opened its first Côtes du Rhône wine tasting cellar.<br/><br/> 1967-87, growth continued. The 81,000 ha capacity vathouse and the quality of production were rewarded with the formalization of the Côtes du Rhônes villages appellation, accepted since 1953. The cave expanded: sales, bottling, buried vats, new equipment, cuvées de prestige , creation of the quality club.<br/><br/> 1998, a new vathouse designed with even greater respect for the Terroir and grapes was added, for vinification with punching of the cap and délestage (rack and return).<br/><br/> <strong>Three Legendary Terroirs:</strong> A rocky peak dominating the Orange plain, watered by the Aygues, sun-drenched slopes, scrubland: Cairanne was an ideal site for viticulture.<br/><br/> Cairanne's climate , is particularly suited to winegrowing: hot and dry, cleansed by the mistral, lesser quantities of chemical treatments are needed for the vines. Our goal between now and the year 2008 is to use integrated farming methods over 70% of the vineyard and 100% by the year 2013.<br/><br/> Vinification methods are modern without ever yielding to trends. Many of the cuvées are unfiltered. A large part of the harvest is not destemmed. Our entire Côtes du Rhône villages harvest is picked by hand. The effluents from the cave are retreated in our own treatment plant.<br/><br/> <strong>THE AYGUES RIVER TERRACES:</strong> Of recent formation (at geological scale), 12,000 years, they are formed from the alluvia of the river Aygues. On the surface, stones mixed with recently deposited silt ensure a sufficient water reserve until spring. The deeper layers, composed of limestone crusting and gravel, do not retain water. The winegrower's work consists in reducing the early vegetative development to favour ripening of the fruit.<br/>The result is fine, elegant wine, marked by red fruit.<br/><br/> <strong>THE GUARRIGUES (SCRUBLAND):</strong> To the south and south-east of the village, a more ancient formation (Quaternary period – 200,000 years), this Terroir is composed of ancient alluvia from the rivers Aygues and Ouvèze.<br/>Rocks and reddish clays near the surface, stones, with deeper layers of sandy-limestone and gravel, resulting in less fertile soils, with little although regular water reserves at depth, enabling the vine to develop a good root structure. This Terroir favours the production of generous, full-bodied wine, with spice and leather aromas.<br/><br/> <strong>THE MOUNTAIN:</strong> The soils here are the most ancient (10 to 15 million years old), the result of successive upheavals: marine sedimentation (shells), continental sedimentation (sandy marl, lacustral clay deposits) to which are added pebbles carried along by the mountain rivers. This is a multi-faceted and truly magnificent landscape. The wines from the mountain give the assemblage, or blend, a well-constituted strength, developing Cairanne tertiary aromas.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Varieties:</strong> 80% Grenache noir, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre.<br/><br/> <strong>Yield:</strong> 33 hl/ha, hand harvest.<br/><br/> <strong>Vinification:</strong> After a full destemming, we do a cold maceration of 48 hours prior to the fermentation. A long vatting of 21 days with a careful temperature control is then organised, with regular délestage (rack and return) and daily aeration by pumping over.<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.5%<br/><br/> <strong>Oak:</strong> This wine is unoaked.<br/><br/>

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Cave de Cairanne:
The Cairanne vine is firstly a loving encounter that takes root in a cultural and historical context. The vine-winegrower working relationship is not only based on technical and material parameters, as may be thought, but is also part of the human, emotional and cultural experience. Which is why at Cairanne no two vines are alike. Their location, their soil, their age and size, the quantity o... Read more
The Cairanne vine is firstly a loving encounter that takes root in a cultural and historical context. The vine-winegrower working relationship is not only based on technical and material parameters, as may be thought, but is also part of the human, emotional and cultural experience. Which is why at Cairanne no two vines are alike. Their location, their soil, their age and size, the quantity of their harvest, all this and more give them a distinct personality, one that is revealed on tasting. An original approach: the quality club For several years now, a group of winegrowers from the Cave felt the need for greater immersion in the field, to further enhance their winegrowing expertise by pooling their work. That's why they regularly select plots with an eye to defining the best size possible, the most suitable treatments, optimal ripening of the grapes in view of bringing to the winery, their winery, the finest harvest possible, factoring in the unpredictabilities of both nature and climate. It's a new state of mind, the state of mind of a winegrower "gardener of his treasure". Read less

About This Wine: Gigondas wines are often full-bodied and muscular. A modern wine making enables us to add here smoothness and aromatic expression.<br/><br/> A beautiful and shining red wine with a deep purple colour intensity. The nose is intense on liquorice, jammy strawberries and black cherries, black olives. The palate is full bodied, with soft and long tannins.<br/><br/> <strong>Origin:</strong> On the East bank of the Rhône river, backing against the first foothills of the Alps, the vineyard of Gigondas, sheltered by the famous Dentelles de Montmirail, overlook the whole valley. The soils are made of stony red clay alluvium and sometimes of falls from the Dentelles.<br/><br/> Best served at: 17° C.<br/><br/> <strong>Food matches:</strong> Duck parmentier, lamb ribs, games and saucy meats.<br/><br/> <strong>Laying down:</strong> 5-10 years.<br/><br/> About The Winery: <strong>The roots of a cellar, a winegrowing history:</strong><br/><br/> 1929, 3 pioneers founded the Cave de Cairanne, mandated by 120 other winegrowers to produce and promote high quality wine, indeed meriting an appellation of origin. The building was not yet completed when the cellars of a capacity of 20,000 hl received their first harvest.<br/><br/> 1937, the frosts of 1936, which decimated olive trees in the region, accelerated the development of vine culture. Cairanne wines were recognized Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée Côtes du Rhône. 1959, the vineyard was expanded over scrubland, and mechanization ensured the development of the Cave, that opened its first Côtes du Rhône wine tasting cellar.<br/><br/> 1967-87, growth continued. The 81,000 ha capacity vathouse and the quality of production were rewarded with the formalization of the Côtes du Rhônes villages appellation, accepted since 1953. The cave expanded: sales, bottling, buried vats, new equipment, cuvées de prestige , creation of the quality club.<br/><br/> 1998, a new vathouse designed with even greater respect for the Terroir and grapes was added, for vinification with punching of the cap and délestage (rack and return).<br/><br/> <strong>Three Legendary Terroirs:</strong> A rocky peak dominating the Orange plain, watered by the Aygues, sun-drenched slopes, scrubland: Cairanne was an ideal site for viticulture.<br/><br/> Cairanne's climate , is particularly suited to winegrowing: hot and dry, cleansed by the mistral, lesser quantities of chemical treatments are needed for the vines. Our goal between now and the year 2008 is to use integrated farming methods over 70% of the vineyard and 100% by the year 2013.<br/><br/> Vinification methods are modern without ever yielding to trends. Many of the cuvées are unfiltered. A large part of the harvest is not destemmed. Our entire Côtes du Rhône villages harvest is picked by hand. The effluents from the cave are retreated in our own treatment plant.<br/><br/> <strong>THE AYGUES RIVER TERRACES:</strong> Of recent formation (at geological scale), 12,000 years, they are formed from the alluvia of the river Aygues. On the surface, stones mixed with recently deposited silt ensure a sufficient water reserve until spring. The deeper layers, composed of limestone crusting and gravel, do not retain water. The winegrower's work consists in reducing the early vegetative development to favour ripening of the fruit.<br/>The result is fine, elegant wine, marked by red fruit.<br/><br/> <strong>THE GUARRIGUES (SCRUBLAND):</strong> To the south and south-east of the village, a more ancient formation (Quaternary period – 200,000 years), this Terroir is composed of ancient alluvia from the rivers Aygues and Ouvèze.<br/>Rocks and reddish clays near the surface, stones, with deeper layers of sandy-limestone and gravel, resulting in less fertile soils, with little although regular water reserves at depth, enabling the vine to develop a good root structure. This Terroir favours the production of generous, full-bodied wine, with spice and leather aromas.<br/><br/> <strong>THE MOUNTAIN:</strong> The soils here are the most ancient (10 to 15 million years old), the result of successive upheavals: marine sedimentation (shells), continental sedimentation (sandy marl, lacustral clay deposits) to which are added pebbles carried along by the mountain rivers. This is a multi-faceted and truly magnificent landscape. The wines from the mountain give the assemblage, or blend, a well-constituted strength, developing Cairanne tertiary aromas.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Varieties:</strong> 80% Grenache noir, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre.<br/><br/> <strong>Yield:</strong> 33 hl/ha, hand harvest.<br/><br/> <strong>Vinification:</strong> After a full destemming, we do a cold maceration of 48 hours prior to the fermentation. A long vatting of 21 days with a careful temperature control is then organised, with regular délestage (rack and return) and daily aeration by pumping over.<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.5%<br/><br/> <strong>Oak:</strong> This wine is unoaked.<br/><br/>

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