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THE COL LE DÉBAT LIES ON THE ROAD THAT GOES OVER THE TOP FROM CAIRANNE TO ST ROMAN-DE-MALEGARDE AND BUISSON, VILLAGES THAT LIE IN THE AYGUES VALLEY AND CLOSE TO THE SOUTHERN DRÔME. IT IS A FRESH, LATE RIPENING SPOT, WITH VINEYARDS THAT ALSO FACE NORTH. PICTURED HERE ARE 1955 GRENACHE VINES WHOSE 2014 CROP WAS VINIFIED BY PIERRE AMADIEU FOR THE FIRST TIME, HAVING BEEN SENT TO THE CAIRANNE CO-OPERATIVE BEFORE. WHITE CLAY, LIMESTONE AND POOR GALET STONE GARRIGUE SOILS ARE A GOOD VENUE FOR THE GRENACHE, AS WELL AS THE SYRAH, WHICH PROFITS FROM THE COOLNESS. THE DOMAINE LES HAUTES CANCES MAKE A GOOD CUVÉE COL DU DÉBAT BASED ON 1960s GRENACHE

THE HIGH POINT OF CAIRANNE

APRIL 2015

CAIRANNE is finally about to be allocated its own full appellation cru status, to join the likes of CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE, GIGONDAS, VACQUEYRAS and neighbour RASTEAU. For years there has been a long debate within the village about which lands should or should not be allowed to ascend to this; the broad result is that some vineyards towards the south of the appellation zone will be downgraded to CÔTES DU RHÔNE. Meanwhile, the RED and the WHITE will be CAIRANNE, with the ROSÉ classed as CÔTES DU RHÔNE.

The quality spectrum at CAIRANNE is wider than any other similar promotion of the past 25 years, with at least 25 domaines that can act as locomotives for the desired high standard required if an appellation is to make its own way outside the CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES umbrella. Hence this is an exciting development for the Southern Rhône. A report will follow on all the latest news from CAIRANNE in May 2015.

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Goings-on

SPRING 2015 DATES

SUNDAY 24 MAY 2015 RASTEAU: THE ESCAPADE DES GOURMETS This is a most enjoyable event, with a walk through the vineyards, punctuated by four or five “pit stops”, where a glass is available to assuage the thirst, or . . . . .

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2015 DIARY DATES

DÉCOUVERTES EN VALLÉE DU RHÔNE MARCH 2015 2 MARCH TO 5 MARCH 2015 is DÉCOUVERTES EN VALLÉE DU RHÔNE. The format has changed once more, meaning that tasters will now go to the vineyards rather than stay in . . . . .

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SUMMER FESTIVALS

As the summer develops, so the rhythm of events ups its tempo. A recent addition is the SALON DES VINS UN QUATUOR DE VILLAGES which takes place on THURSDAY and FRIDAY 17-18 JULY this year. It . . . . .

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