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2010 Domaine Roche Cairanne Cotes du Rhone Villages
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- Cellar 4 - 5 years (2016-2017)
- ABV 15.5%
- Closure: Cork
It seems there are no limits to the energy and abilities of Rhone Ranger, Philippe Cambie. The man was proclaimed Oenologist of the Year 2010 by Robert Parker Jr, as a testimony to his performance as a consultant for many top names in the Southern Rhone and other parts of Europe, but also for his own projects (we have already featured - amongst others - the magnificent 'Halos de Jupiter' range, a partnership established with Michel Gassie to showcase the beauty of Grenache). Cambie’s influence continues in 2010 at Domaine Roche and Domaine Constant Duquesnoy. The growing season offered ideal conditions, in contrast with the sun-drenched 2009 vintage that tended towards extrovert, 'blockbuster' styles. The slightly cooler temperatures in 2010 made for a better balance with resulting wines displaying fresher aromatics, tight tannins and a better harmony between alcohol and acidity levels. Since the 17th century , the Roche family history has been bound to Cairanne, one of the most notorious villages in the Southern Rhone. Romain Roche is now in charge of perpetuating the family philosophy and their "all in the vineyards" approach to their profession. The grapes for the Cairanne come from a selection of naturally low yielding Grenache (70%) and Syrah (30%) vines between 40 and 105 years of age, within two distinct terroirs. The Grenache grows on the red clays and "Galets" of the Guarrigues plateau, while the Syrah comes from the Marly slopes of "La Montagne" with a northern exposure. Each block is fermented separately with only the Syrah component matured in barrels and demi-muids (600 litres). Tasting note…
Outstanding black purple colour with very deep dark purple hue. The nose presents scents of black raspberry and liquorice followed by some dried meats and spice. Full bodied and boasting tremendous richness the palate delivers flavours of black raspberry, black cherry and liquorice with some meaty undertones and spicy back palate. Fine grained solid tannin structure. Excellent concentration and depth with long liquorice, black raspberry and blackpepper aftertaste.
Cellar 4-5 years (2016-2017)
Alc 15.5% Other reviews…
It has a dense purple color (slightly more saturated than the 2009) and loads of primary yet intense blueberry, black raspberry and cherry fruit intermixed with lavender and licorice. Full-bodied, intense, fresh, with sweet tannin, this is another beauty that over-delivers. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate # 195 (Jun 2011)