The village of Cairanne has now been elevated to Cru status in the Cotes du Rhone AOC which ranks it with the likes of Chateauneuf du Pape, the very top of the tree.
Alary “La Gerbaude”: A blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah & 20% Carignan, (89-90) Tasted from Barrel by Joe Czerwinski, www.robertparker.com, “The 2017 Cotes du Rhone la Gerbaude looks to be another successful vintage. It’s floral, herbal and spicy up front, with black cherry and licorice notes on the medium to full-bodied palate. The tannins are ripe and creamy, the finish long.”
Alary Cotes du Rhone Villages Vieilles Vignes “Cairanne”: Here again this is a blend of Grenache, Shiraz & Carignan from the Alary’s organic vineyards in Cairanne. This is full-ish but is brought beautifully back in line with bright, savoury, almost spicy, red fruits. The palate floats effortlessly and the fruitiness dances on the tongue with light minerality, anise, raspberry, plum and blackcurrant. The tannins are so fine and savoury too and there’s no sense of oakiness to mask the flavours. This is velvety, pure and fine.
Alary “l’Estevenas” Cairanne Rouge: The 2015 L’Estevenas is a blend of 55% Syrah & 45% old-vine Grenache. This too is beautifully lifted and perfectly ripe and balanced with spices and tannic grip. Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate, 92 Points “This cuvée, the 2015 Cairanne L’Estevenas, contains fruit from some of the oldest Syrah vines in the Southern Rhône, planted around 1960. It’s full-bodied and concentrated, supple but firmly tannic, with a decade or more of aging potential. Cola and plum flavors develop lots of allspice, clove and pepper notes on the lingering finish.”