2014 Côtes du Rhône Villages Domaine Romain Roche
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Romain's wines always have such generous, well-sculpted fruit. Dark and nicely ripe this walks the line perfectly, pert but there is a depth to the flesh. Fine lines and great flow - this is a bargain Rhone red, punching well above its weight. L&S (Oct 2016)
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Herbal and brooding, the palate showing prune fruit and firm, abrupt tannins. There is plenty of energy and vitality here; it has heart but not yet knit. Drinking range: 2017 - 2021 Rating: 89 Decanter Magazine (Jan 2017)
A step up over the Côtes du Rhône, the 2014 Cotes du Rhone Cairanne (70% Grenache and 30% Syrah) will see 18 months in concrete tanks prior to bottling. It has tons to like, with loads of jammy red and black fruits, licorice and spice aromas and flavors, medium-bodied richness and a rounded, sexy style that makes the most of the vintage. I suspect it will be ready to go on release. Drinking range: 2016 - 2022 Rating: 89-91 Jeb Dunnuck - www.robertparker.com (Mar 2016)
Domaine Romain Roche
Cairanne is a very pretty walled village beautifully set between the arid plain of the ‘Plan de Dieu’ and the mountains of the Dentelles de Montmirail. It is one the villages of the Côtes du Rhône which has been producing wine for generations. Like its neighbours (Vacqueyras and Gigondas) Cairanne wines are known for their power without heaviness, their length and intensity. Cairanne is one of about 20 villages that are permitted to add their names to the ‘Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation, having been identified as producing higher-quality wines distinctive of the regional style. Romain Roche’s father Marcel has around thirty hectares of vines, and has always sold his grapes to the co-operative, of which he is president. Romain wanted to make his own wine and after studying oenology in Beaune, Montpellier and Toulouse, but also with stays in the United States and Australia, has been able to choose fifteen hectares of his father’s vines to rent to start his own domaine in 2009. His signature is for powerful wines, pure, fine and balanced. “Tout passe par la vigne” - Everything goes through the vine - This is the motto of the domain, as they adapt their vinification according to the quality of the grapes harvested. The different terroirs of the domain are adapted to each variety: white clay limestone for Syrah, red clay pebble compounds for the Grenache and Carignan. After manual harvesting and total de-stemming the grapes, the work done during the vinification accentuates all these efforts because each variety, each parcel, is vinified separately in small vats. A daily tasting assesses the evolution of the wine, and a small part of the Syrah is aged in oak to refine the tannins, rather than develop wooded flavours. With a mix of tradtion and modernity, the fruits flavours of the Grenache, the complexity of the Carignan and the finesse of the Syrah, Romain’s wines are a true reflection of Cairanne terroir, powerful and subtle.
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