Cairanne “CRU” Rhône Wines to be celebrated at the Marché aux Vins 2016

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The northern Provençal village of Cairanne  will have a lot to celebrate at their 7th annual “Marché aux Vins”  the week-end of April 30 and May 1, 2016. The village winemakers, producers of complex rich, fruit-filled red wines (white and rosé wines make up only about 5% of the production) have just been told that the wines of Cairanne will get the coveted “CRU” denomination as of the 2016 harvest; this is the highest ranking Rhône wines can attain. The winemakers have worked for 8 years to attain this level.  It was heartbreaking for some local winemakers when the change was announced; CRU wines include only the best vineyards, and some vineyards were excluded from the new appellation, and became simple “Côtes du Rhône” wines, still delicious, but in a different category.

 

Cairanne wines

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This new “CRU” certainly means that the celebrations will be more festive this year, as Cairanne wines bask in the limelight that was formerly only the prerogative of other local wines, e.g. Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, and Rasteau. The week-end will include tastings done by winemakers; tasting workshops—often led by English speaking Cairanne winemaker Bruno Boisson; cooking classes; food stands; walks in the vineyard and carriage rides.

Meet the winemakers, taste the wines, attend a specialized workshop. You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to enjoy yourself; just come and savor the wines with everyone else.

Along with the featured Cairanne wines, you can taste the appellations of Rasteau, Sablet, Gigondas, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Tavel and more and for the outrageously low fee of €5. Over 40 wineries are participating. Superstar Cairanne wineries include Domaine Roche, Domaine Marcel Richaud,  Domaine Delubac, Domaine Alary, Regis and Bruno Boisson, and many others.

Saturday, April 30: 10 am to 7 pm

Sunday, May 1: 10 am to  6 pm

€5 entry fee includes a glass

Location: Salles Communales; parking nearby

Contact: Bruno Boisson  +33 (0)6 10 29 19 33 (speaks English) [email protected]  Website

 

Location: in the village, just off the roundabout of the D69 as you enter the village.

 

Recommended Cairanne bistros

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Accord Mets Et Vins

 

Tourne au Verre, in the village, with a lovely terrace. Three courses for €18 at lunch, €26 dinner.  30 wines by the glass.

 

Côteaux et Fourchettes, Restaurant and wine shop. €19, €32 and €44 menus. Outside the village at the intersection of the D8 and D975 roads. Excellent food and wine, beautiful setting and talented young chef.  2015 Gault et Millau “Young Chef” Award.


Written by: Sharon deRham

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