2012 Maison Williams Chase Cairanne
Perhaps one of the less widely recognised appellations on my list, I discovered this wine on a chance visit to one of my French distributors. After tasting the wine straight from the barrel I decided there and then that I needed to share it with you due to its unusual mix of aromas. It packs a punch that rivals its more famous competitors.
Intense purple in colour. Aromas of ripe raspberries, wood smoke, Provençal olives and spices. Juicy and sharply focused, it offers impressive depth with developing cherry and dark fruit flavours. Complexity builds with length, supported by roundness and a subtle tannin structure that leads to a gentle yet lasting finish.
Did you know?
- Wines from this appellation can only be made at vineyards where the yield is less than 40 hectolitres per hectare.
-There has been a campaign running since 1929 to award Cairanne with an AOC status, headed by Baron LeRoy, the founder of the Institut National des Appellations d’Origine.