2010 Domaine Roche Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne

SKU #1108140 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The early-release 2010 Cairanne (70% Grenache and 30% Syrah made from vines between 40 and 105 years of age) was aged in a combination of cement and neutral oak. 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.  (6/2011)

Wine Spectator

 Very ripe, with toasty aromatics and full-bodied plum sauce, boysenberry and blueberry fruit flavors that pump through the rounded, toasty finish. Big, but more direct than nuanced. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now.  (10/2011)

K&L Notes

Romain Roche, who is not even 30 years old, inherited his 15 hectare domaine in Cairanne from his parents, who had previously sold the grapes from their 40-105 year old vines to negociants. The 2010 vintage marks only the second vintage from this brand new family label. Already overachieving at their price point, we expect to continue to see great things come out of Domaine Roche.

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Staff Image By: Mulan Chan-Randel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/6/2012 | Send Email
From importer Eric Solomon comes this rich and robust overacheiving Rhone. Domaine Roche's Grenache based red is true to 2010 form, with thick blackberry and red cherry fruit nuances complemented by a touch of mineral smoke. Fine tannins and a fresh finish make for a delicious and very user friendly red. It will make a great match with roast pork or a hearty beef stew.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/6/2012 | Send Email
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-If you haven’t gotten on the 2010 Rhone bandwagon there’s still a little room left for you! Easily the best vintage I have ever tasted top-to-bottom I am constantly amazed and how great the wines are tasting right now especially the wines for under $20. A perfect example of this “sweet spot” is the 2010 Domaine Roche “Cairanne” Cotes-du-Rhone Villages is plain delicious, with gorgeous aromatics of macerated fresh blackberries and spicy plum notes and a palate that is perfectly balanced between lovely dark berry fruit, fine tannins and zippy acidity this wine has fruit for days and a beautifully long finish. The wine has impressive grip and good depth and power that all seem to meld seamlessly into the nice structure of the wine. Bravo! Drinks like a wine twice the price.
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Alcohol Content (%): 15.5