Domaine Boutinot 'Les Coteaux Schisteux', Séguret AOP Côtes du Rhône Villages - Boutinot International
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Domaine Boutinot ‘Les Coteaux Schisteux’, Séguret AOP Côtes du Rhône Villages 2020

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Seductive, with typical finesse and showing all the purity of Grenache from the Rhône, the lasting impression of this Séguret is the deft handling of the obvious oak character, giving great structure, good length and a satisfying finish.

Meet the producer

Boutinot’s love affair with the Southern Rhône spans thirty years of making wine in the region. In 2010, the relationship...

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Production

We prefer high altitude east-facing vineyards with stony, argillaceous limestone terraces high above the ‘slopes of ‘slopes of schiste’ above the pretty village of Séguret. In one such plot (planted well over fifty years ago) we find that Grenache Noir, intermingled here and there with some Syrah, benefits from the morning sun and even ripening temperatures. Grapes can only be harvested by hand in this unforgiving hillside terroir. In the cellar vinification is traditional, with a long cuvasion using only naturally occurring wild yeasts, aided by regular remontage to release all the potential of the grapes and their skins. The wine is then allowed to mature for up 22 months in French oak, an equal combination of previously filled 228l barrels and 600l demi-muids.

Tasting notes

An impressive, classic Séguret - about as good as Côtes du Rhône Villages gets! The nose is opulent and polished with layers of exotic spices, cigar box, cracked black pepper and streaked with vanilla. The palate is instantly appealing, polished and smooth on entry but steeped in depth and texture as the flavours swirl around, lengthen and delight. The lasting impression is satisfying - a big and opulent Grenache-driven wine with obvious oak quality, great structure, length and finish.

Food match

Match to big hearty casseroles, in winter try a lamb tagine with couscous; in summer a rich ratatouille topped with grilled tofu, or simply serve with a plate of mature hard cheese.

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