Cairanne’s cru bump & Brunel de la Gardine

by  |  14-05-2016

When at Vinisud back in February, the happy rumbling around town was that Cairanne had just gone from being Côtes du Rhône Villages to a full cru meaning that from 2016 onward, those studying all things wine have yet another appellation to deal with. This is most certainly not a bad thing. For those who may not know, Côtes du Rhône Villages has a lot of hidden gems in it as shown by the fact that many of the village level regions do indeed get promoted to proper crus. Even cellars who produce top-end wines in say, Châteauneuf-du-Pape produce some stellar Côtes du Rhône as well, for example La Pialade of Chateau Rayas. Cairanne has been working on attaining cru level for some time. They achieved Côtes du Rhône in 1953 and the higher-ranking Côtes du Rhône Villages in 1967. While this final “cru bump” has taken a good deal […]
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