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Gabriel Meffre

Cairanne

Appellation d'origine protégée

Grenache, Roussanne, Marsanne and Bourboulenc are harvested early in the morning to preserve their delicate aromas.

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2016
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After a mild and dry winter, a spring without frost and a particularly hot summer, harvesting began several days later than 2015, with the grape varieties being picked late August/ early September. During the harvest, weather conditions were truly exceptional, with warm clear days, fresh nights and some occasional light rainfall, stretching from early September all the way until the end of October. The sanitary state of the grapes throughout the region was excellent. So, this year again, the 2016 vintage is very qualitative, particularly for southern appellations.

Rewards

89   The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker

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Cairanne
Vintage
2016

Grape Varieties: 

Grenache and Roussanne grapes come from the "Garrigues", this windy and sunny plateau with limestone soils situated at the South of the village near the "Plan de Dieu" area. Marsanne and Bourboulenc grapes are grown on clay soils from the "Coteaux", or hillside, area around the village.

Winemaking: 

The harvest takes place early in the morning while the grapes are still cool, to preserve the fresh primary aromas.  Each grape variety is vinified separately. A cold-soak lasts 6hrs followed by the pressing and a 24hr settling to separate the clear juice from the rough lees. Fermentation then takes place which is kept at temperatures between 14°C and 17°C for 3 to 4 weeks. Maturing in vats for approx. 6 months before bottling.

Tasting notes: 

Elegant and pale colour with green hints. The nose is rich and opulent and the mouth is particularly round, marked by delicate spicy and floral notes.

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Enjoy as an apéritif or with fresh and slightly lively dishes as chicken with lemon and parsley. Serve cool beween 10° and 12°C, now or up to 3 years of age.

From the hilltop, the village overlooks the "Aigues" river. It was one of the fiefdoms of Saint-John of Jerusalem.

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