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.

Andre Berthet Rayne Cairanne VV

Berthet Rayne - 2015 Cairanne Rouge, Vieilles Vignes

Price: $21.00
Size: 750ml
Availability:

Out of stock

Type of Wine: Red
Style: Mineral, Medium Body

Inside the Bottle: This is a wine that is really hard for anyone not to like. Sure, it’s intellectual but most of all, it is downright delicious. It’s a wine for the geek and anyone who likes a bit of generosity in their red wines. It is the furthest thing from an oaky, over-extracted wine. It is just as good as it needs to be and nothing more.

Sometimes wine like this are hard to describe because they bring out so much emotion that you get a stronger feeling from it rather than focused notes. That said, here are some more precise characters: The aromas are dark and extremely fresh. They are exotic, in the very best way. We know this may be a little too poetic, but this wine gives the impression of the colors in a Monet water lilies painting.  These beautiful aromas are laced with strikingly pure notes of white pepper, white flower, red flower, nori, sugar plums, mosto d’uvo (there’s one for you!!) and so many beautiful and dainty characters. Just pull the cork, and surrender yourself to the impressionistic images of old France, in a glass.

Anecdote:  The first time I showed this wine in San Francisco was with a group of superb sommeliers. I pulled out this wildcard over a dinner with tons of great red Burgundies. I knew the wheels would start turning because it would be impossible to miss the beauty of this little gem. After dinner we went out and one of the most talented sommeliers confessed, “we had a ton of great wines tonight… but I can’t stop thinking about that Cairanne!… I just can’t stop thinking about it.” Like him, I was smitten the moment that I tasted this wine in Andre's cellar.

The Wine

Inside the Bottle: This is a wine that is really hard for anyone not to like. Sure, it’s intellectual but most of all, it is downright delicious. It’s a wine for the geek and anyone who likes a bit of generosity in their red wines. It is the furthest thing from an oaky, over-extracted wine. It is just as good as it needs to be and nothing more.

Sometimes wine like this are hard to describe because they bring out so much emotion that you get a stronger feeling from it rather than focused notes. That said, here are some more precise characters: The aromas are dark and extremely fresh. They are exotic, in the very best way. We know this may be a little too poetic, but this wine gives the impression of the colors in a Monet water lilies painting.  These beautiful aromas are laced with strikingly pure notes of white pepper, white flower, red flower, nori, sugar plums, mosto d’uvo (there’s one for you!!) and so many beautiful and dainty characters. Just pull the cork, and surrender yourself to the impressionistic images of old France, in a glass.

Anecdote:  The first time I showed this wine in San Francisco was with a group of superb sommeliers. I pulled out this wildcard over a dinner with tons of great red Burgundies. I knew the wheels would start turning because it would be impossible to miss the beauty of this little gem. After dinner we went out and one of the most talented sommeliers confessed, “we had a ton of great wines tonight… but I can’t stop thinking about that Cairanne!... I just can’t stop thinking about it.” Like him, I was smitten the moment that I tasted this wine in Andre's cellar.

About The Wine

Inside the Bottle: This is a wine that is really hard for anyone not to like. Sure, it’s intellectual but most of all, it is downright delicious. It’s a wine for the geek and anyone who likes a bit of generosity in their red wines. It is the furthest thing from an oaky, over-extracted wine. It is just as good as it needs to be and nothing more.

Sometimes wine like this are hard to describe because they bring out so much emotion that you get a stronger feeling from it rather than focused notes. That said, here are some more precise characters: The aromas are dark and extremely fresh. They are exotic, in the very best way. We know this may be a little too poetic, but this wine gives the impression of the colors in a Monet water lilies painting.  These beautiful aromas are laced with strikingly pure notes of white pepper, white flower, red flower, nori, sugar plums, mosto d’uvo (there’s one for you!!) and so many beautiful and dainty characters. Just pull the cork, and surrender yourself to the impressionistic images of old France, in a glass.

Anecdote:  The first time I showed this wine in San Francisco was with a group of superb sommeliers. I pulled out this wildcard over a dinner with tons of great red Burgundies. I knew the wheels would start turning because it would be impossible to miss the beauty of this little gem. After dinner we went out and one of the most talented sommeliers confessed, “we had a ton of great wines tonight… but I can’t stop thinking about that Cairanne!… I just can’t stop thinking about it.” Like him, I was smitten the moment that I tasted this wine in Andre's cellar.