Patrice Armand, a Cairanne neighbour of Domaine Boutinot Rhône owns 40ha of vines which see plenty of sunshine throughout the year and benefit from both the Mistral wind – which keeps things cooler and disease-free – and higher than average rainfall. His vieilles vignes (old vines) are between 60 and 70 years old and, in their old age, are achieving low but concentrated yields of 45hl/ha. We mainly source La Chapelle de Marin from three of Patrice’s parcels which lie on poor soils with a high limestone content - La Combe d’Antide, La Beraude and, on the sandier lower slopes, Les Sablières. Hand-picked bunches are carefully destemmed and vinified using traditional ‘minimal intervention’ techniques. This wine is made without the use of oak to retain the pure fresh fruit character.
Attractive, juicy, bramble fruit and floral aromas, the palate is up-front and fresh with warm spice and real depth.
Lovely with BBQs; grilled meats, halloumi and vegetables. Herby sausages, pasta with Mediterranean vegetables.