2015 Cairanne, Réserve des Seigneurs, Domaine Oratoire Saint Martin, Rhône

2015 Cairanne, Réserve des Seigneurs, Domaine Oratoire Saint Martin, Rhône

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2015 Cairanne, Réserve des Seigneurs, Domaine Oratoire Saint Martin, Rhône

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The Seigneurs is made up of 60 percent Grenache, 30 percent Mourvèdre and 10 percent Syrah, all vinified in concrete and aged in a combination of tank and varying manifestations of cask. The Mourvèdre has performed exceptionally in 2015 and adds spicy, smoky depth to the generous ripe fruit of the core. Drink 2019 - 2026. 
Simon Field MW - Wine Buyer

L'Oratoire St Martin is run with great skill by brothers François and Frédéric Alary, both leading players in the movement to get Cairanne promoted to stand-alone Cru status, a movement which has recently been successful. The Alary family can trace its origins to the same decade as Berry Bros. & Rudd (1698 for us, 1692 for them) and now farms over 28 hectares, in the middle of which there was once, apparently, an oratory of some description. Low-yielding old vines are farmed biodynamically and the wines are vinified first in open-top fermenters and then in large foudres of 3,400 litres. The Alary brothers have risen to the challenges imposed by their de facto status as the leading producers in the recently created stand-alone Cairanne Cru. Nowhere is this more evident than in the supreme quality of their 2015 wines.

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Wine Advocate91/100
The 2015 Cairanne Reserve des Seigneurs is a concrete-aged blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvdre and 10% Syrah that showcases the deft touch at this estate. Raspberries, spice and cola notes start things off on the right foot, followed by a medium to full-bodied wine that's silky and elegant, with ample concentration and a lingering finish.
Joe Czerwinski - 30/11/2017 Read more

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Domaine de l'Oratoire Saint Martin

Domaine de l'Oratoire Saint Martin

Our search for a top-notch Cairanne has led us to the Alary family in L’Oratoire St Martin. The family can trace its origins to the same decade as Berry Bros. & Rudd (1698 for us, 1692 for them) and now farms over 28 hectares, in the middle of which there was once, apparently, an oratory of some description.

Low yielding old vines are farmed biodynamically and the wines are vinified first in opentop fermenters and then in large foudres of 3,400 litres.

Cairenne reserve des Seigneurs is produced from vines planted on clay-limestone soils and 50-year-old vines. The blend is made up of 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah. Pumping over for 12 days, followed by nine months’ ageing.

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Cairanne

Cairanne

The wine appellation of Cairanne is located on a limestone plateau in Sourthern Rhone, its vineyards generally less elevated than those of Vacqueyras and Gigondas which are situated a few kilometres to the east. 

The wines are benchmark Côtes du Rhône Villages, made from Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Mourvedre, combining ripe fruit, pepper and spice.

Recommended Producer: Domaine de L'Ameillaud

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Southern Rhône Blend

Southern Rhône Blend

The vast majority of wines from the Southern Rhône are blends. There are 5 main black varieties, although others are used and the most famous wine of the region, Châteauneuf du Pape, can be made from as many as 13 different varieties. Grenache is the most important grape in the southern Rhône - it contributes alcohol, warmth and gentle juicy fruit and is an ideal base wine in the blend. Plantings of Syrah in the southern Rhône have risen dramatically in the last decade and it is an increasingly important component in blends. It rarely attains the heights that it does in the North but adds colour, backbone, tannins and soft ripe fruit to the blend.

The much-maligned Carignan has been on the retreat recently but is still included in many blends - the best old vines can add colour, body and spicy fruits. Cinsault is also backtracking but, if yields are restricted, can produce moderately well-coloured wines adding pleasant-light fruit to red and rosé blends. Finally, Mourvèdre, a grape from Bandol on the Mediterranean coast, has recently become an increasingly significant component of Southern Rhône blends - it often struggles to ripen fully but can add acidity, ripe spicy berry fruits and hints of tobacco to blends.

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