Domaine les Hautes Cances
Domaine les Hautes Cances: Cairanne (Southern Rhone)
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.
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 filtering. These wines are really a revelation and deserve to be much better known !!
‘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 ‐The Wine Advocate
2012 Cairanne blanc 30% Grenache blanc, 30% Viognier, 25% Bourboulenc & 15% Clairette.
Cool fermented at 16c in stainless steel and bottled early to keep its freshness and perfume, this exotic, textured white shows wonderful depth and freshness allied to its generous palate displaying pear and orchard fruits with
clean citric notes and hints of minerals on the long finish. Remarkably pure poised and so attractive for drinking already. This will disappear in a flash.
2012 Cairanne ‘Cuvée Tradition’ – Sept 2015
“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” Livingstone Learmonth – drinkrhone.com Nov 2013
2010 Cairanne ‘Cuvée Tradition’ 25% Grenache (from vines more than 100 years old), 40% Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault.
This is the first wine to be produced in the brand new gravity fed winery built by the Astarts. Gone are the big old foudres of yester‐year, ageing is now done in large cement tanks and the wines are brighter and finer as a result. All wines are bottled on the Estate and are unfiltered.
“Bright purple. Pungent aromas of blackberry, licorice, smoked meat and violet. Sweet, musky and borad, with tangy acidity giving shape to the juicy blakc and blue fruit flavours. Finishes broad and spicy, with firm tannins, and a meaty quality and good length.” Steve Tanzers International Wine Cellar