Cru of the Côtes du Rhône
Leaning to the south of a hillside massif that separates the Valleys of Aygues and Ouvèze, the appellation extends only on the village of Cairanne in the northwest of the Vaucluse department.
Three large areas share the 1088 hectares and each one participates by their typicality in the elaboration of elegant and complex wines: the terraces of Aygues in the west, fluvio-glacial, are interesting for the roundness and flexibility they give to the wines. The white limestone clay, cold soil, gives wines with tight, robust, powerful tannins, characterized by the depth of colour. These are great wines to keep. Red clays offer more generous wines that bring bouquet and richness of aromas.
These observations reveal a territory where Cairanne wines combine harmony and elegance. Cairanne enjoys a dry Mediterranean climate, characterised by a strong sunshine and a strong influence of the Mistral, which favours the good health of the vines throughout the year.
Cairanne, Cru of the Côtes du Rhône since the 2015 vintage
On Thursday 12 February 2015, the INAO (Institut national de l’origine et de la qualité) validated the final stage of the transition from the Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne appellation to the Cairanne appellation. A fine reward for the winegrowers of this Cru.
Cairanne has been a Côtes du Rhône Cru since the 2015 vintage. But it is especially known for its red wines since only 4% of white wines are produced there. They are generally produced from white Grenache (50%), Clairette (25%), Marsanne, Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Viognier.
Several terroirs make up the commune. To the north, the slopes of the southern slope of the “Montagne”, mixing white clay and limestone, which collapses to the south on a stony terrace, interland between the Aigues and the Ouvèze, called the “Plan de Dieu”.
To the south and west, the “Garrigues” formed by red clays, which adjoin the terraces of Aygues, formed by alluvium of the alpine diluvium. To the northwest of the commune, the “Hautes-Rives” and “les Bayes” are composed of siliceous soil.