2010 Domaine Roche Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne
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.
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.
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.