Cairanne is my favorite Cotes du Rhone Villages, and Rabasse Charavin is my second favorite estate in that appellatiion, ranking behind Domaine l'Oratoire Saint Martin. It is a blend of Grenache (60 to 70%), Mourvedre (0 to 250%), Syrah (15 to 20%), Counoise and Cinsault grapes planted on clay/limestone soils and aged in enamel and concrete vats. Grenache vineyards were planted from the 1950s to the 1970s, and they clearly play an important role in the personality of the wine.
Deep brilliant ruby. Beautiful aromas of red cherries, berries and spices. Fresh and youthful on the palate. Cloves, cinnamon, a dash of black pepper. Plenty of tannins but the vibrant fruit shows through. This may never become a profound wine, but it is irresistible right now.