Here’s an incredible find from the excellent 2017 vintage, a vintage where it is nearly impossible as they have already been scooped up by fine wine collectors around the world. Domaine La Boutiniere was founded in 1920 by Félix Vidal. This family-owned company is now run by fourth-generation winemaker, Frédéric Boutin, who has been the owner and winemaker since 1997. Domaine La Boutiniere has 27 acres of vineyards in eight different parcels within Châteauneuf-du-Pape, including the Crus of La Crau, Le Boucou, Coste Froid, and Roumiguière. Vines are an average of 70 years old and the wines are produced from all 13 grape varieties allowed in the Châteauneuf appellation. This Cuvée Grande-Réserve Rouge is a plot selection of old vines planted in 1902 on the famous lieudit of “La Crau.” This parcel grows at an elevation of 394 feet above sea level on a sandy soils covered with large quartz pebbles called “Galets” over a red clay subsoil. The average age of the vines is 100 years. Man…
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