|80% Grenache, 20% Syrah, Red Blend
|Dry, Red, Full Bodied, Easy Drinking, Soft, Fruity, Food Friendly
|Vaucluse, Southern Rhône
Cuvée Jean-Paul Rouge, IGP Méditerranée, is a classic southern Rhône red. Its rich fruit flavours, invigorating herbal freshness and luscious texture make it a perfect complement to robust dishes like grilled meats and casseroles. Its versatility also makes it great for lighter fare like BLTs, pizzas and hard cheeses.
About the Producer
Like all good stories, that of Boutinot France is both long and a little bit complicated! Boutinot began as a tiny importer in 1980, specialising in French wines. Paul Boutinot himself began by personally selecting the wines from France, back in the UK he would unload the trailer by hand. And deliver the crates of wines to customers himself. But good things grow and by the end of the decade they had become a bigger and better company. A company that not only sought out great wines but made them too. 10 years later, Boutinot France started in January 1990. The first office was in the middle of the vines in Julienas; perfectly located to navigate the Beaujolais and Macon regions on the quest to make beautiful wines.
Vineyard and Winery
South-eastern France is swathed in sunny vineyards and peppered with the pretty villages that lend their name to famous appellations. In the bistros of these villages, local vignerons often choose not to drink the wines bearing the village name. Instead, they cannily favour a glass of IGP, aware that, although made to different guidelines, wines from the larger IGP Méditerranée can be made from plots which share very similar characteristics to these more prestigiously classified vineyards. Cuvée Jean-Paul Rouge is now sourced from this wider area, working with specialist growers who own such plots. Grenache and Syrah are selected from individual vineyards, specifically for the profile they will each give to the final wine. Classic vinification techniques continue - temperature controlled fermentation to gain immediate fruit flavours, with maceration lasting between 5 to 10 days before the wine is pressed. For the final blend, an understanding of how each component will evolve is critical in maintaining the consistent and very drinkable style expected of Cuvée Jean-Paul - a judgement which can only be made with many years’ experience of creating blends.
I like this wine but felt it definitely improved after being open for a while.
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