Maison Francois-Xavier Nicolas
Cairanne `Entre Restangues & Garrigue` AOC 2016 – 14%Alc.

Cairanne is a wine appellation of the Rhone Valley. This appellation produces mostly red wines, at 96%, but we can still count some high quality white wines. Cairanne has had an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) since 2016.

Cairanne is located near the Rasteau and Plan de Dieu appellations, in a hot and windy climate, accompanied by intense storms in summer. This “explosive” blend gives the wine a lot of character and power. On 950 hectares, the Cairanne develops on a land formed by red clay-limestone soils and sandstone.

The Rhône Valley is a great playground for an enthusiast like François-Xavier who draws on this richness and diversity to design wine profiles that reflect and respect the terroirs and appellations.

François-Xavier knows and masters these precious assets. A man of the field, he is also a cellar man. Winemaker at heart, blending is for him a craftsman’s job. Designing and maturing the cuvées is exhilarating. He is always looking for the best terroir, the best profile, true authenticity, real quality.

Tasting Note

Grape Variety: 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre.

This cuvee has an intense purplish colour. It reveals a pleasantly perfumed and intense bouquet. It is characterized by juicy, fresh and candied aromas of black forest fruits and raspberry. Notes of black olive tapenade, cocoa, liquorice, fine herbs and pepper mingle. On the palate, Cairanne also presents itself in its fruity and opulent side, but also silky and seductive, with a a creamy texture and velvety tannins. The combination of flavours of black fruits, spices and garrigue hero also respond to the call. The Cairanne thus offers an impressive intensity, which lasts until the long finish.

A beautiful complexity for this wine, it can be drunk now but can still be kept for a few years.

Food & wine pairings

Savor this southern cuvée preferably with Provençal ratatouille, grilled vegetables or lamb marinated in fine herbs on the barbecue.

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