2016 Grand Bois Cairanne Cuvée Maximilien
Blend: 55% Grenache, 35% Mourvedre, 5% Carignan, and 5% Syrah
From: Southern Rhone, France
Marc Besnardeau is from Paris originally and before he met Mireille Farjon, he was a sommelier at one of the better restaurants in Paris (in the Montmartre section). In marrying her he not only moved, but also made the complete change from the city life to the life of a vigneron. His fine palate as a sommelier, however, put him in good stead for evaluating wine and making his own. He knew, for example, that when he bought wines, to look for those with low yields and concentration and sought out examples that were bottled unfiltered. He now has the opportunity to put these views into practice.
The domaine that Marc Besnardeau has taken over is very well situated between St. Cecile and Cairanne. From these vines he produces several cuvées. All of his wines are deeply colored, ripe, robust and while one can think of many flavors to describe them, the word delicious pretty much says it all. Each wine bears the name of a family member. Cairanne production began in 1998 with the acquisition of these 10 ha. 15 days of fermentation at 18-20°C, punching and rack and return.
Taste: “Smoky mineral tones and whiffs of moss lend complexity to luscious black cherry in this easy-drinking yet nuanced red. Silky and soft on the palate with gentle acidity, it finishes on firm, persistent tannins. Enjoy this approachable but structured wine now through 2024.” 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Pairing: Lamb and lamb kebabs, cassoulet, spicy beef stews or spiced lentil stews. A great match for sausage and lentil dishes. Curried squash, roasted pumpkin, and hearty dishes with herbs like rosemary, thyme, and garlic are fantastic pairings as well.
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