Domaine les Hautes Cances is a small family estate, with 16 hectares of vineyards situated on the slopes overlooking the village of Cairanne. Cairanne lies in the northern sector of the Côtes‐du‐Rhône‐Villages, near Rasteau and Gigondas.
One of the main reasons for the great quality of wines at Domaine les Hautes Cances is the age of their vines. These low yielding vines have an average age of 48 years, with several plots reaching the grand old age of 100. Their vineyards are managed using organic principles and yields are deliberately kept low so as to express the true terroir of the region.
‘Readers looking for powerful, concentrated, muscular reds that sell for a song should check out Domaine les Hautes Cances offerings. These unfiltered, unfined Cairannes possess abundant quantities of earthy, muscular fruit, rustic tannin, and nearly savage personalities.'Robert Parker Jnr
All fruit is hand harvested, hand selected and completely destemmed. The wines undergo extended periods of maceration, under temperature controlled conditions in traditional cement and stainless steel tanks so as to preserve the natural fruit characters. After blending, maturation in old oak continues over 1 year. The wines are then estate bottled without fining or filtration. These wines are a real revelation and deserve to be much better known.
WINE NOTES AND REVIEWS
2012 Domaine les Hautes Cances Cairanne Côtes du Rhône Villages (blanc)
30% Grenache blanc, 30% Viognier, 25% Bourboulenc and 15% Clairette, cool fermented at 16° in stainless steel and bottled early to retain freshness and perfume. This exotic, textured white shows wonderful depth of pear and orchard fruits on the palate, with clean citric notes and fresh, minerally acidity on a long and vibrant finish. Remarkably pure and poised. '
‘Calm, pale yellow. Soft aroma here, ready now, less manly than most 2012 Cairannes. There are light floral notes such as acacia, with pear. The palate lacks real depth, is a travelling phantom. Doesn’t implicate me enough – it holds white fruits that never really reside on the palate. Tender wine, but it straddles aperitif and food drinking, a bit of both. It would be more convincing were it to be made for full table wine status. Suited to steamed foods, lightly flavoured dishes.’ drinkrhone.com Oct 2013
2015 Domaine les Hautes Cances Cairanne Côtes du Rhône Villages
47% Grenache (from centenarian vines), 28% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Carignan and 5% Cinsault, hand-picked, fully de-stemmed and wild-yeast fermented. After a 3 week cuvaison, using both pump-overs and délestage, the wine is matured in seasoned French oak Burgundy barriques for 12 months, then bottled unfined and unfiltered. ‘The 2015 Cairanne is uniquely perfumed and floral, with hints of violets, spice and even citrus zest. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, with a creamy-ripe texture that firms up considerably on the finish. Enjoy this idiosyncratic example of Cairanne over the next 5-8 years.‘ 90 points Wine Advocate November 2017
‘Dark red; the nose gives plum red fruits with a sprinkle of dried herbs such as thyme. This has local ID. The palate also has gorged on sunshine, is plump and rolling, bears plenty of gras with a chipping in of fresh tannins near the close. This is generous and full of local life. 14.5°. 13,000 b. 50% Gren, 28% Syr, 14% Mourv, 8% Cari. Cairanne cru, not Villages wine. From spring 2018. 2027-29 May 2016.‘ 4 stars drinkrhone.com May 2016
'No less than five grape varieties in this magnificent Cairanne: mourvèdre, grenache, carignan, syrah and the rarest counoise (5%). It opens with an explosion of redcurrant and blackberry jam, interwoven with with pretty woody notes. An aromatic intensity (wild strawberry, spices) we find again in a full-bodied, silky and fresh palate, supported by velvety tannins. A Villages high in color, perfectly balanced. Drink 2016-2020.' 2 stars (out of 3), Guide Hachette, 2016.
'Carmine garnet with a slightly smoky nose that evokes toasted bread covered with cocoa spiced with pepper and perfumed with violet. On the palate, crêpe de Chine-like silky tannins caress the mouth. The pretty fruity density and the spicy highlights make the wine a good drink now. Blend of 47% Grenache, 28% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Carignan and 5% Cinsault growing without limestone scree. Vinification in concrete vats, maceration of 20 days. Aging 8 months in vats and 12 months in barrels of 3 and 4 wines.'In Vino Veritas, 2016.