Wine of the Week: 2011 CAIRANNE, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Domaine Romain Roche 2011 – Rhône France

by Ed H-B

An up and coming talent in the village of Cairanne, young Romain Roche is a vigneron to watch. With the help of super star consultant (and school friend) Philippe Cambie, he is making incredible wines at down to earth prices.

2011 CAIRANNE Côtes du Rhône Villages Domaine Romain Roche


£14.50 or just £12.95 case price

Romain’s 2011 Carianne is a prime example; a blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah that’s aged 80% in tank and 20% in Barrique, it offers a splendid bouquet of black raspberries, liquorice, white chocolate and lead pencil shavings delivered in a medium to full-bodied style. It is almost creamy in its seamlessness and will definitely keep you warm throughout this chilly spring with a rounded 15% ABV.

What the critics say:

The 2011 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Cairanne (70% Grenache and 30% Syrah) is a dense, rich, full-bodied, impressively constituted effort. This is a sensational new estate I discovered by while tasting through offerings from Philippe Cambie’s 74 different clients.Robert Parker

More fresh and elegant than you would expect give the ripeness and intensity on the nose, it never seems heavy or cumbersome and has solid length on the finish. Impressive all around, it should be enjoyed over the coming 3-4 years.‘ (The Rhone Report – 91 Pts)

Les Dentelles de Montmirail - Lea and Sandeman - Domaine Romain Roche

Les Dentelles de Montmirail

The terroir:

Romain is lucky in that he is able to rent some of his father’s best-placed vines, and assemble a wine from the principle terroirs of Cairanne – white limestone on the edge of the mountain to the north of the village, which is particularly good for his Syrah, ferrous clay and stones and sandy clay in the garrigue to the west, where bush-vine Grenache (up to 120 years old) is grown on arid soils.

The village and the region:

Cairannes Village - Lea and Sandeman - Domaine Romain Roche

Le village de Cairanne

Cairanne (Occitan: Cairana) is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France whose inhabitants were locally nicknamed leis afrontaires de Cairana, ‘the cheeky ones from Cairanne’.

2011 CAIRANNE, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Domaine Romain Roche 2011 - Rhône France- Cairanne Map

The village is situated on the southern Côtes du Rhône wine route with the designation Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC. Other notable wine villages nearby are Gigondas, Rasteau, Seguret, Sablet, Beaumes de Venise, Vacqueyras.

The Cairanne is available to buy online or from any of our shops. For delivery to London postcodes in time for the weekend place your order before midnight tonight (Thursday 16th).

 Have a good weekend,