Domaine Les Grands Bois, Cuvée Maximilien, Cairanne 2016


75cl bottle: £14.95

Case of 12 75cl bottles: £179.40


"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)

In Decanter magazine's extensive review on Rhône reds, the Cairanne 2012 was awarded an 'Outstanding' mark of 95/100 - the only wine in the category to receive this score despite many of the wines being up to £20 a bottle! We therefore had high hopes for the 2015 in the great vintage and it is as good if not even better.




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