Domaine de L’Arnesque Cairanne 2016

Grenache Blend
Domaine de L’Arnesque

Our tasting impressions

A worthy successor to the wonderful 2015. Not surprisingly given the vintage, it is quite more primary than the '15. While it might not be as charming or complex presently, it is more structured and possibly has more depth. Over time, it might overtake its older brother but what fun we will have assessing that over the next several years. 


About this wine

Up until about 25 years ago, Côtes du Rhône Villages was the name given to Côtes du Rhône wines of higher distinction. A few of the best like Cairanne and Rasteau started appending their village name. Cairanne was elevated to an independent AOC in 2106.   


A blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15Mourvèdre  and 5% Carignan all de-stemmed. The Grenache vines were planted in the 60's & 70's in clay & limestone soil.


Vinification includes the traditional 25-day maceration. Punching-down is done for maximal extraction. Aging is in concrete tanks for 12 months. 


About the grape blend

A typical blend, often referred to as G-S-M with a smidge of Carignan.  Grenache the preeminent red wine grape of the Southern Rhône, makes full-bodied, red-fruited wine.  It enjoys very dry, hot and windy conditions but the vines produce scant fruit which means great concentration.  The Syrah provides structure, savoriness and black fruit. The Mourvèdre contributes length, tannins and floral notes, and Carignan adds tannins as well plus acidity.

About the vintage

2016 is one of the most balanced vintages in the last 30 years, combining vibrant fruit, strong tannic structure yet roundness. An enjoyable vintage early on with capability of aging and improving for decades.


Suggested Glassware: Grassl Cru