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.