Domaine Les Grands Bois, Cuvée Maximilien, Cairanne 2016



"Consistently one of my favourite estates in the Southern Rhône, Les Grands Bois produces Côtes-du-Rhône that consistently over-perform their appellation and modest prices." - Robert Parker (on a prevoius vintage)

2016 is an exceptional Rhone vintage and this Cairanne is the perfect example from a top appellation in brilliant growing conditions. It follows on, and in our opinion is better than, the ‘Outstanding’ reviews that this wine received in Decanter for the 2012 vintage (95/100) - the highest score of the category in which many wines were priced over £20 a bottle. As our co-founder, Esme, said in a recent comment “The wine has been a favourite of mine and our customers ever since...fruit, short it is just great wine."




Our Tasting Notes

Steady colour with tints of purple, an intense nose with ripe red fuit notes including berries, raspberries wild strawberries and a hint of pepper. A soft attack, good strength, mellow tannins which allow fruity and spicy notes to develop. Long and fleshy on the palate. Best with game and grilled red meats.

Wine Data

Grape variety: Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Carignan
Appellation: Côtes-du-Rhône Villages
Alcohol: 15%


Regarded by many as the best of the Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, Cairanne has become renowned for its full-bodied, fruity wines with hints of black pepper spice. Located east of the village of Orange near to the banks of the Rhône with a Mediterranean climate, it is perfect for ripening the Grenache, Mourdèvre and Syrah grapes, which make up the majority of the reds. Much of the soil in the area is limestone and alluvial types and a red iron-rich soil over a sandstone bedrock. The 18 Côtes-du-Rhône Villages of the southern Rhône represent a distinct step-up in both quality and value from generic Côtes-du-Rhône.


"Already in bottle, the 2014 Côtes-du-Rhône Cairanne Cuvée Maximilien is another rock solid release from this estate (which should be no surprise from anyone that follows The Wine Advocate). Made from 50% Grenache, 35% Mourvèdre and the balance Syrah, completely destemmed and aged all in tank (it sees no wood whatsoever), it has terrific ripeness in its black fruits, licorice, pepper and earthy/underbrush-like aromas and flavors. These give way to a medium to full-bodied, textured, beautifully concentrated and charming southern Rhône shows the vintage’s forward style and will drink well for 5-6 years." - Jeb Dunnuck, March 2016

"Regarded as the most powerful of the Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, this Cairanne weighs in with 15% alcohol and certainly packs plenty of oomph. The nose has lots of black fruit, but a meatiness too, some herb and pepper hints, but it immediately strikes a muscular pose. Indeed, muscularity runs through the wine in the mouth, with plenty of structural tannin and a grip of acidity underpinning the ripe, savoury but sweet fruit. A huge mouthful of wine, and a very good one. Watch the video for more information and food-matching suggestions." - Tom Cannavan