2015 Les Grands Bois Cairanne Cuvee Maximilien (750ml)

Grenache from Côtes du Rhône, Rhône, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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In his days as a sommelier in the über-hip Montmartre section of Paris, Marc Besnardeau was one of the city's finest. A great palate, keen olfactory senses and a knack for identifying unique wines by varietal served him well – his hands were always well manicured. Enter Mireille Farjon, the lady he would marry and who would change his life forever. Mireille's family established Domaine les Grands Bois in the 1930s just outside the Southern Rhone village of Cairanne. With his marriage to Mireille, Besnardeau left his city life for the rugged countryside and the challenges of being a vigneron. Lucky for him, his natural talents served him well. Mireille and her family work with multiple parcels and varietals throughout the Rhone Valley, planted to soils ranging from chalk and clay to scrubland covered with garrigue. Many parcels have reached their 60th, 70th birthdays. When Besnardeau began tending, harvesting and blending – bottling the nearly dozen individual, highly unique cuvees Domaine les Grands Bois is renowned for – he was a natural. He even stopped worrying about those dirty hands. Today, with these 2015s, the couple has bottled their most complete set to date. I highly recommend each and every one.


Not yet bottled, the 2015 Cairanne Cuvee Maximilien is a blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Mourvèdre and the rest Syrah that’s brought up in concrete and stainless steel. This charming, forward, hedonistic effort excels on all accounts and has lots of cassis and blackberry fruits intermixed with green herbs, lavender and flower nuances. It has light tannin, tons of character and will drink nicely right out of the gate.

90-92 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 228 - Dec 2016)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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