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Regional profile: Cairanne

Promoted to full appellation status in 2016, this southern Rhône region makes an array of quality wines, with dynamic producers showing just what the area is capable of, reports John Livingstone-Learmonth...

Originally published in the June 2016 issue of Decanter.

‘It’s been a relentless struggle, but I am very happy now.’ These were the words of Denis Alary, president of the Syndicat de Vignerons de Cairanne, speaking in February 2016. He was referring to what can only be called the long saga of raising Cairanne from a Villages wine to cru – full appellation status – which started in July 2008. Endless disputes ensued, centred on which vineyards would not qualify for the new, tighter rules, and other new demands such as compulsory hand-harvesting.

 

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