CÔTES DU RHÔNE
2016 Domaine Romain Roche
|Grapes||Syrah, Carignan, Grenache|
I suspect a great value (I wasn't able to get the retail price), the 2016 Cotes du Rhone from the young Romain Roche offers up loads of peppery herbs, rich black and blue fruits, leather and dried flower-like aromas and flavours. It's medium to full-bodied, textured, front-end loaded and about as delicious as they come. Drink it over the coming 2-4 years. Rating: 90-90 Jeb Dunnuck - www.robertparker.com (Oct 2017)
*Case Price: Mix any 12 bottles of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
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.
4 bottles each of 3 of our favourite winter warming Rhônes in a 12 bottle mixed case for just £150 inc. Free delivery (just £12.50 a bottle).
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