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Matt Walls’ most exciting Cairanne wines

Since receiving cru status in 2015 Cairanne is now unquestionably the source of some of the best wines in the Southern Rhône, says Matt Walls. He explains why and picks his top Cairanne wines.

When I asked Denis Alary of Domaine Alary why it took so long for Cairanne to decide to push for promotion from ‘AOC Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Cairanne’ to its own appellation of ‘AOC Cairanne’, he said ‘because in the minds of many winemakers, we were already a cru.’


Matt Walls’ exciting Cairanne wines from recent vintages:

Below are the top 16 wines tasted, scoring 92 points and above. See Walls’ pick of 30 exciting Cairanne wines here.


See also:

Best Rhône 2016 wines

Best Rhône 2017 wines