Berthet Rayne

Andre Berthet Rayne

The Story

André Berthet-Rayne and his wife Marina have become one of our favorite producers in France to visit. André is a little shy and guarded at first, but when you get to know him, the Provençal blood that runs through his veins starts to show. Before long, he is laughing, joking and most of all, making sure that you are enjoying yourself. He’s incredibly hospitable and I always look forward to visiting with him.

André Berthet-Rayne has been a believer and practitioner of organic farming for well over a decade. He says it was not for marketing reasons but rather a return to commonsense. He’s also experimented with biodynamic treatments with great results.  He hasn’t converted his vineyards entirely to biodynamics or organics because he has reservations about any dogmatic approach. He is committed to his wines first and ideology second.

Lay of the Land

The village of Cairanne represents some of the most fresh and energetic wines in the southern Rhone Valley of France. It’s in the path of the famous wind from the north, the “Mistral.” The vineyards are exposed to the west and completely open to these cold, dry winds. As Cairanne is one of the more northern appellations within the Southern Rhone, it feels the effects of the cool Mistral more than most of its southerly neighbors. Therefore, it is easier to find Grenache with higher-toned, fresh fruit characters rather than dried fruit notes that you find in neighboring vineyard areas, like Rasteau or Vinsobres.

Like other appellations in the south, Cairanne is filled with quartzite rocks. Here they are called “caillouteux” because they are smaller rather than the notorious larger “galets” that you find in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Along with these rocks, there is limestone rich clay and sand which seem to contribute to the aromas of flowers and fresh fruits.

Berthet Rayne - 2014 Côtes du Rhône Rouge AOC, Cuvée Muses

Price: $17.00
Size: 750ml
Availability:

Out of stock

Type of Wine: Red
Style: Mineral, Elegant and Aromatic

Inside the Bottle: This little charmer opens up with the smell of beautiful flowers, high-toned red fruits and the classic aroma of “garrigue.” Garrigue is a regional name for the herbs of Provence that typically grow on limestone soils, usually a mix of dried thyme, lavender and fennel. It is a wonderful smell, and wines from this region tend to have these effusive aromas. This is not a wine that hits you over the head with power, but rather greets you with Provence’s traditional three kisses on the cheek. It’s a friendly, fun, straight and pure wine.

Other Details: The principal grape in the mix, Grenache, gives an elegant expression of high-toned red fruits. The earthy and decadent notes come from the Carignan while Syrah brings a touch of pepper and spice. Finally, the Cinsault adds some softness and high-toned aromas.

The Wine

Inside the Bottle: This little charmer opens up with the smell of beautiful flowers, high-toned red fruits and the classic aroma of “garrigue." Garrigue is a regional name for the herbs of Provence that typically grow on limestone soils, usually a mix of dried thyme, lavender and fennel. It is a wonderful smell, and wines from this region tend to have these effusive aromas. This is not a wine that hits you over the head with power, but rather greets you with Provence's traditional three kisses on the cheek. It’s a friendly, fun, straight and pure wine.

Other Details: The principal grape in the mix, Grenache, gives an elegant expression of high-toned red fruits. The earthy and decadent notes come from the Carignan while Syrah brings a touch of pepper and spice. Finally, the Cinsault adds some softness and high-toned aromas.

About The Wine

Inside the Bottle: This little charmer opens up with the smell of beautiful flowers, high-toned red fruits and the classic aroma of “garrigue.” Garrigue is a regional name for the herbs of Provence that typically grow on limestone soils, usually a mix of dried thyme, lavender and fennel. It is a wonderful smell, and wines from this region tend to have these effusive aromas. This is not a wine that hits you over the head with power, but rather greets you with Provence’s traditional three kisses on the cheek. It’s a friendly, fun, straight and pure wine.

Other Details: The principal grape in the mix, Grenache, gives an elegant expression of high-toned red fruits. The earthy and decadent notes come from the Carignan while Syrah brings a touch of pepper and spice. Finally, the Cinsault adds some softness and high-toned aromas.