Domaine les Hautes Cances is a small family estate, with 16 hectares of vineyards situated on the slopes overlooking the village of Cairanne. Cairanne lies in the northern sector of the Côtes‐du‐Rhône‐Villages, near Rasteau and Gigondas.
One of the main reasons for the great quality of wines at Domaine les Hautes Cances is the age of their vines. These low yielding vines have an average age of 48 years, with several plots reaching the grand old age of 100. Their vineyards are managed using organic principles and yields are deliberately kept low so as to express the true terroir of the region.
‘Readers looking for powerful, concentrated, muscular reds that sell for a song should check out Domaine les Hautes Cances offerings. These unfiltered, unfined Cairannes possess abundant quantities of earthy, muscular fruit, rustic tannin, and nearly savage personalities.’
Robert Parker Jnr
All fruit is hand harvested, hand selected and completely destemmed. The wines undergo extended periods of maceration, under temperature controlled conditions in traditional cement and stainless steel tanks so as to preserve the natural fruit characters. After blending, maturation in old oak continues over 1 year. The wines are then estate bottled without fining or filtration. These wines are a real revelation and deserve to be much better known.
WINE NOTES AND REVIEWS
2012 Domaine les Hautes Cances Cairanne Côtes du Rhône Villages (blanc)
30% Grenache blanc, 30% Viognier, 25% Bourboulenc and 15% Clairette, cool fermented at 16° in stainless steel and bottled early to retain freshness and perfume. This exotic, textured white shows wonderful depth of pear and orchard fruits on the palate, with clean citric notes and fresh, minerally acidity on a long and vibrant finish. Remarkably pure and poised.
2013 Domaine les Hautes Cances Cairanne Côtes du Rhône Villages
47% Grenache (from centenarian vines), 28% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Carignan and 5% Cinsault, hand-picked, fully de-stemmed and wild-yeast fermented. After a 3 week cuvaison, using both pump-overs and délestage, the wine is matured in seasoned French oak Burgundy barriques for 12 months, then bottled unfined and unfiltered.
‘No less than five grape varieties in this magnificent Cairanne: mourvèdre, grenache, carignan, syrah and the rarest counoise (5%). It opens with an explosion of redcurrant and blackberry jam, interwoven with with pretty woody notes. An aromatic intensity (wild strawberry, spices) we find again in a full-bodied, silky and fresh palate, supported by velvety tannins. A Villages high in color, perfectly balanced. Drink 2016-2020.’ 2 stars (out of 3), Guide Hachette, 2016.
‘Carmine garnet with a slightly smoky nose that evokes toasted bread covered with cocoa spiced with pepper and perfumed with violet. On the palate, crêpe de Chine-like silky tannins caress the mouth. The pretty fruity density and the spicy highlights make the wine a good drink now. Blend of 47% Grenache, 28% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Carignan and 5% Cinsault growing without limestone scree. Vinification in concrete vats, maceration of 20 days. Aging 8 months in vats and 12 months in barrels of 3 and 4 wines.’ In Vino Veritas, 2016.
2012 Domaine les Hautes Cances Cairanne Côtes du Rhône Villages
‘Dark red, some black tints. Has a tight aroma, black cherry at its heart, a swish depth and breadth – good potential, bring it on, I like the fruit air. There is enough fullness for mystery now and variety in the future. This holds racy, streamlined fruit, moves liberally along in to a delicious finish that avoids the tar end of 2012: the great quality fruit travels far. A swish, swell Cairanne that can enjoy a good second stage thanks t o its sure depth. Fruit on roller skates here. 14.5°. 2019-20.’
4.5 stars, John Livingstone-Learmonth, drinkrhone.com, November 2013.
2010 Domaine les Hautes Cances Cairanne Côtes du Rhône Villages
‘Dark robe. Brewed up, chocolatey air, the fruit within subdued. Decant this. Mocha, dark tea, black raisin, salt and grilling, droplets of red meat feature. This is full-bodied, a good life force. It delivers plenty of charge as it goes, moves impressively along, is genuine. Has a very good heart of dark fruit, a roll of juice, and freshness even in the midst of its plentiful matter. Plenty of life here, a wine that ends running, shows real persistence. 14°. 2020-21. 32% Grenache, 26% Syrah, 25% Carignan, 15% Mourvèdre, 2% Counoise.’
4.5 stars, John Livingstone-Learmonth, drinkrhone.com, June 2013.