CÔTES DU RHÔNE
2018 Domaine Romain Roche
|Grapes||Syrah, Grenache, Carignan|
Domaine Roche's 2018 Cotes du Rhone is a blend of 50% Grenache and 25% each Carignan and Syrah, all aged in tank. There's a slightly green edge to the lovely cherry-raspberry fruit—think something akin to green peppercorns. It's medium to full-bodied, supple and even a bit creamy in texture, finishing long and silky. Drinking range: 2019 - 2025 Rating: 88-90 Joe Czerwinski, www.robertparker.com (Nov 2019)
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Plenty of ground herbs, leather, spice, and darker berry fruits emerge from the 2018 Côtes Du Rhône, which is based on 50% Grenache and 25% Each of Syrah and Carignan. It’s medium-bodied, has a charming, forward texture, and will drink nicely right from the gate. Rating: 87-89 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Aug 2019)
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, and in 1967 was given the Appellation Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne. The wines are known for their power without heaviness, their length and intensity. Romain Roche’s father Marcel had around thirty hectares of vines, and always sold his grapes to the co-operative, of which he was 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 fruit 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.
Fantastic introduction to the wines of Rhone Valley. From the spice of the Syrah to the softness fruit of the Grenache to the perfumed aromas of Viognier, this is a great selection for winter warming wines or for a rack of lamb on the BBQ this summer.
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