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Cuvée Maximilien, Domaine Les Grands Bois 2017

Cuvée Maximilien, Domaine Les Grands Bois 2017

Featured in The Spectator | £14.95 down to £13.95

Cairanne is with Rasteau the best of the 21 Cotes -du-Rhone Villages (Hugh Johnson ranks it above the Villages category) and this wine made with grenache, syrah , mourvedre & carignan is a wonderful example of a lovely Rhone red.

"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 . 

"The 2017 Domaine Les Grands Bois ‘Maximilien’, highly rated by the great Robert Parker, is a step up in quality, being from Cairanne itself, one of the 21 Côtes du Rhône villages. A previous vintage even made the cover of Decanter magazine, so darn tasty is it. A rich, dark, intense, mellow blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan, it’s spot on." - Jonathan Ray, The Spectator Magazine

2016 is an exceptional Rhone vintage and this Cairanne is a perfect example from a top appellation in brilliant growing conditions. It follows on, and in our opinion is better than, the 2012 vintage of this wine which received outstanding reviews in Decanter (95/100) - the highest score of the category in which many wines were priced at over £20 a bottle.

Tasting note: Steady colour with tints of purple, an intense nose with ripe red fruit 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.

Product Code: 0817F041
BOTTLE (75CL) £13.95
CASE OF 12 BOTTLES £167.40
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Region: /Rhône
Country: /France
ABV: /15%
Unit: /Bottle (75cl)

"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, eRobertParker.com 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 TheWinePages.com


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