Cairanne, Rhone, France
Wine Advocate 95 points!
Domaine Alary Cairanne L'Estevenas is a gorgeous red wine gem of Grenache and Syrah from the southern Rhone. 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. From a south-facing old mountainside of blue/white clay-limestone soil, grapes for L'Estevenas are hand-harvested separately at their optimum maturity.
"The 2017 Cairanne L'Estevenas has indeed turned out to be super. A 50-50 blend of Grenache and Syrah, it shows more of the Syrah side at the moment, with floral notes, peppery spice, black olives and licorice all making appearances on the nose. It's medium to full-bodied, with a supple, creamy feel and a rich, chewy finish. Impressive! Tasted twice (once blind), with consistent notes." Drink 2020-2030.-Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, 95 points!
Enjoy Domaine Alary Cairanne L'Estevenas with lamb chops, skirt steak, burgers and grilled vegetables.