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2018 Domaine Roche Cairanne
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 and Syrah 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. Also included is a portion of Carignan. Each block is fermented separately with only the Syrah component matured in barrels and demi-muids (600 litres) for a period of 10 months.
Midnight black in colour with a deep dark red hue. Sailing out of the glass is a heady mix of black raspberry, black cherry and liquorice scents which are trailed by provincial herb and peppered meat notes. Rich, lush and weighty the opulently textured palate is awash with black cherry and black raspberry fruits. Liquorice, scorched earth, infusions of provincial herbs, peppered meats and spice then chime in on the back half. Ripe chewy tannins counterpoint the flamboyant fruit. Concludes long and seductive.
Drink over the next 4-5 years.
The 2018 Cairanne is another winner from the talented Romain Roche that should snatched up by savvy readers. Beautiful cassis and black raspberry fruits, notes of crushed flowers and violets, medium to full body, and a ripe, sexy texture all make for a quintessential Cairanne that’s going to provide tons of pleasure over the coming 5-7 years.