Domaine Mikael Boutin

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Our first encounter with Mikael Boutin occurred last February in the tiny and charming village of Rasteau. Mikael, who was directed to us through an acquaintance from New Orleans, solicited us out of the blue, via email. Intrigued by the details of his small domaine and excited at the prospect of adding this appellation to our portfolio, we happily made some time in our schedule to stop by and take a look. We might have walked right by his unassuming place, located just off the town square, if not for the small plaque affixed to the side of the building. Making our way inside, we soon found ourselves seated around his dinner table with two bottles of Rasteau—the only wine he makes—in front of us: his 2014 and 2015. Mikael, a slightly serious but gracious fellow, briefly told his story and presented us with these two wines that showed honesty, personality and promise. A short walk up the hill brought us to a small building, barely larger than a two-car garage, which represented the totality of his production facility. The inside contained a few large concrete tanks, a small, manually operated basket press—and little else. In an area where we are frequently solicited by larger producers making wines that lack character and soul, we could not help but be captivated by Boutin’s intimate and modest venue. Needless to say, we knew we had found our man in Rasteau.
RASTEAU:   Our first release from Domaine Mikael Boutin: the 2014 Rasteau.  A blend of Grenache (60%), Syrah (10%), Mourvedre (10%), Carignan (10%), and Cinsault (10%), it weighs in at a modest 13.5% alcohol.  The 2014 shows a balance and purity of fruit that is especially attractive compared to the many over-ripe and heavily extracted wines found in the Southern Rhone.  The bright, pure nose shows clean, fresh cherry-laced fruit undercut with warmer notes of licorice and dried herbs. Not too showy, it lets the terroir do its work. The brisk and lively acidity lends a freshness and energy to the fruit – a testament to Boutin’s love for Burgundy. 800 cases produced, 150 cases are now dedicated for export to the United States; we do not expect this new wine to spend too much time in our warehouse.

Summary of Grower Visits – Part IV

More commentary on the visits Michael and I made to the growers between Oct 16 and Oct 23 …

DOMAINE DU GOUR DE CHAULE: Harvest in 2018 started on 13 Sept for the Rosé and then proceeded in stages of 3 to4 days as the vineyards ripened in an irregular, and different, pace …

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New Supplier in Southern Rhone

Our first encounter with Mikael Boutin occurred last February in the tiny and charming village of Rasteau. Mikael, who was directed to us through an acquaintance from New Orleans, solicited us out of the blue, via email. Intrigued by the details of his small domaine and excited at the prospect of adding this appellation to […]

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