Cairanne, Rhone, France
Wine Advocate 92 points!
Domaine Alary Cairanne Vieilles Vignes is a gorgeous red wine gem of Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan. The Alary family's involvement in viticulture and wine production dates back as far as 1692, to the reign of Louis XIV. Tradition, passion and 'savoir faire' are key elements to tendering vines and maturing wines and the acquired experience has been passed on from one generation to the next. In all, 10 generations have successively played their part in building this edifice, guided by a healthy respect for nature and for the general environment. Proof of this conviction can be found in a later stage in the development of the vineyard with Denis' decision in 2009 to convert to organic farming. Vieilles Vignes comes from 45-year-old vines on the region's "terroir garrigues" (stone terraces), hand-harvested separately at their optimum maturity.
"Even better out of bottle than it was last year out of tank, the 2016 Cairanne Vieilles Vignes (note this cuvée is not labeled Vieilles Vignes in most markets, simply Cairanne) delivers copious amounts of spice, cola and blueberries. A blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 5% each Carignan and Mourvèdre, it's full-bodied, rich and velvety yet remains fresh and long on the finish." Drink 2018-2025-Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, 92 points!
Enjoy Domaine Alary Cairanne Vieilles Vignes with lamb chops, skirt steak, burgers and grilled vegetables.