"Smoked meats on the nose, then fresh and upright on the palate. Mouthcoating fruit but only medium-bodied, with quite piercing acidity and strict tannins. Good character and interest, promising some complexity with time." 91pts - Matt Walls, Decanter
It’s not just the esteemed Hachette Guide des Vins who so highly rate Domaine Les Grands Bois. Decanter Magazine’s 91-point scoring on their 2021 ‘Cuvée Maximilien’ Cairanne AOC is perhaps the loftier endorsement.
That’s four generations worth of winemaking wisdom and expertise at work from this small, family run winery. Put this wisdom to work in an appellation which was in 2016 promoted from a Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages classification to the now distinguished, independent, ‘Cairanne AOC’, and you get true excellence in craftsmanship, finesse, and Rhône terroir expression.
How does the wine taste?
Customer Reviews (1)
Deep, luminous hue with tints of purple and an intense nose of ripe raspberry, wild strawberry and a hint of pepper.
"...from one of Robert Parkers favourite southern Rhône producers. The Domaine Les Grands Bois Maximilien is from Cairanne and vineyards at the foot of mighty Mont Ventoux, notorious for comprising the toughest leg of the Tour de France. Richly flavoured with warm, spicy, ripe fruit, it boasts both the sweetness of Grenache and the dark plumminess of Syrah and is hugely enjoyable."
Jonathan Ray, The Spectator Magazine
"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."
"Not shy, not retiring with its 15% abv, this comes from Cairanne, one of the top appellations of the Côtes-du-Rhône Villages. The blend is typical of the south, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan pouring an intense crimson. Arresting floral aromas of violet and wild herbs leaping from the glass. There's something more mineral, graphite-like and serious lurking beneath the charming façade here too.
What a wonderful all-encompassing wine on the palate: rich, thick and brimming with sweet and ripe black fruit, but steely armour at its core gives it terrific concentration and considerable length. The tannins are profound, the acidity matching, but as the spice and black fruit intensity drives along, that's what's tasted on the finish. Will cellar 10 years."
Tom Cannavan, Wine-Pages.com