2017 Domaine les Grands Bois Cairanne Cuvée Maximilien

SOLD OUT – The Domaine les Grands Bois Cairanne Cuvée Maxmilien has always been a personal favorite of mine, but the 2017 vintage is the best I’ve ever tasted. Rated 95 points by Jed Dunnuck and coming to you at less than $25, this might be my top Southern Rhone find of all time.

A blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Mourvedre, and 15% Syrah from old, organically farmed vineyards just north of Gigondas and Rasteau, this is one of those wines that must be tasted to be believed. I am not kidding when I say this could easily hold its own in a blind tasting of top-flight Gigondas’ and/or Chateauneuf du Papes. Supply is limited, and it’s first come, first served.

2017 Domaine les Grands Bois Cairanne Cuvée Maximilien | On Sale Through September 19th if it lasts that long…..it won’t!

95 points Jeb Dunnuck | Just 10 cases up for grabs


Let’s start with that glowing Dunnuck review — it’s pretty much identical to my own. We were both deeply impressed with the current release of this wine. “I was blown away by the 2017 Cairanne Maximilien, which might be the finest vintage to date for this cuvée. Sporting a saturated purple color as well as blockbuster notes of ripe black fruits, new leather, crushed rocks, and violets, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, integrated acidity, flawless balance, and a great, great finish. Based on a tank aged blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Mourvèdre, and the rest Syrah, don’t miss a chance to latch onto a few bottles of this beauty. It will knock your socks off over the coming 5-7 years or so.”

As I said in the opening, I’ve long adored the wines of Domaine Les Grands Bois, one of the finest estates in the Southern Rhone. Marc Besnardeau is from Paris originally and before he met Mireille Farjon, he was a sommelier at one of the better restaurants in Paris (in the Montmartre section). In marrying her he not only moved, but also made the complete change from the city life to the life of a vigneron. Good move Marc!

His fine palate as a sommelier, however, put him in good stead for evaluating wine and making his own. He knew, for example, that when he bought wines, to look for those with low yields and concentration and sought out examples that were bottled unfiltered. He now has the opportunity to put these views into practice. All of his wines are deeply colored, ripe, robust and while one can think of many flavors to describe them, the word delicious pretty much says it all. Yep, Marc’s wines are full of soul and pleasure, and I’ve never had a bad one.

I’m gonna’ wrap it up as there’s not much more to say here. This is a stellar wine at a great price, and I bought every bottle allocated to my distributor. This is the kind of wine I like to sip slowly and follow it as it opens up to reveal new and enthralling layers of nuance. It’s also mighty nice served alongside any sort of lamb preparation. Once you buy it, it’s totally your call.

As most of you know, we’re doing curbside pickup only — no in-store shopping options. To place your order, use the contact form below or call us at 828.505.8588. We will need to process your payment over the phone before you pickup. Thanks and cheers to happy drinking and eating in Asheville!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine
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