Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Domaine Rabasse Charavin Cairanne, 2012

I have sampled this wine several times over the past four or five years, and this is the best it has shown. I think it is very close to full maturity.

Bright ruby red. Enticing scents of strawberry, pomegranate, herbs and sweet as well as peppery spice. I find a dark tone similar to what I usually associate with Rasteau and Vacqueyras more than Cairanne. A dry, tannic streak down the middle and a bit of heat from 14.5% alcohol. Even so, I love the full fruited, ripe berry finish.

This Cairanne is produced from 70% Grenache (40 to 70 years of age), 15% Syrah (20 to 30 years), 10% Counoise (30 years) and 5% Cinsault (15-20 years). It is made traditionally and aged in concrete vats.

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