2019 Domaine Roche "La Bousquette" Cairanne

SKU #1543852 93 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A step up, with more elegance and finesse, the 2019 Cairanne La Bousquette (80/20 Grenache and Carignan) offers up a vivid purple hue as well as full-bodied aromas and flavors of red and blue fruits, lavender, and garrigue. I love its balance, and it has ripe, polished tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. Don’t miss it! Inner quote mark (1/2022)

92 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Strong liquorice side to the fruit. Very full and generous, very rich, deep fruit. Acidity is quite marked, very ripe tannins, not the finest, but certainly plentiful. Long, vinous finish. The alcohol is high, but doesn't feel overly unbalanced. Deep, long, concentrated. From 120-year-old vines, some of the oldest in Cairanne. (MW) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

K&L Notes

Romain Roche took over the family property from his father Marcel in 2009. Romain is known for expressing the typicity of Cairanne and has become one of the key producers synonymous with the region. Roche has worked sustainably since he started the winery but has recently begun the organic conversion process. La Bousquette is a true gem of a vineyard over 120+ years of age. It is one of the oldest vineyards in Cairanne. This single parcel is planted to Grenache and Carignan on sandy-clay soils. All grapes are hand harvested, and each varietal is fermented and aged in concrete tanks to preserve the character of the vineyard and the fruit. A sublime experience that captures the greatest essence of Cairanne.

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/8/2021 | Send Email
Cairanne is still the newest elevated Cru appellation in the Rhone but that doesn't mean there aren't already world class collectibles coming out its cellars. Case in point - La Bousquette from Domaine Roche. One of, if not the oldest vine fruit in Cairanne at a whopping 120+ years of age. Grenache and Carignan, so gnarly and grizzled, they were planted at the turn of the last century! The wine that comes from this site is deeply concentrated, reminiscent of old vine Shiraz from Australia. Since it is all brought up in concrete tank, there is an unadulterated purity. The wine speaks volumes with flavors of Chambord, currant jam, sandalwood and anise. It exudes flavor! A short time in the cellar would not be untoward but fear not, it is luscious and forward drinking with beautifully polished tannins. I'd say it's like drinking an equivalent Chateanuef at half the price, but this is Cairanne and there is no better wine to compare it to!

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