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2018 Domaine Roche Cairanne SKU #1490841

Price: $16.99

JD 90-92 RP 90
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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 producers synonymous with the region. The Cairanne is a blend of Grenache (planted in the 1950s and 60s), Syrah (planted in the '70s) and Carignan (planted in the '50s). The wine is fermented in concrete tanks and aged in a mix of concrete and oak barrels. We are delighted to add him to our family of Direct Imports this year.

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  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    11/10/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    One of my favorite "gets" this year are the wines of Romain Roche. We had worked with his wines when he was represented by another importer and I always loved them for their typicity. They are really reflective of the Cairanne (formerly village, now Cru) appellation and I believe one of the "crown jewels" of the region. Romain's family bleeds Cairanne. Born and raised there, his father and grandfather were also natives of this village. Romain and his importer recently parted company and serendipitously, I was lucky enough to run into him at a wine fair during this transition. I tasted through his lineup (the 2017s at the time) and expressed my interest. Roche is the kind of producer who usually has interested parties waiting in the wings, so I was fortunate to throw my hat in the ring early on. These relationships can take time to build, but a few mutual wine friends vouched for K&L (and me) along the way, and here we are just over a year later. Like bringing that new partner over to meet the family, the 2018 Cairanne is the perfect wine to introduce you to Romain and this Cru. The wine is filled with classic brambly berry fruit, briary spices and a beautiful lift of lavender. It speaks Cairanne. This is a serious entry level wine (he does a couple special bottlings that are more site specific) but this is the wine that shows you what Romain and his domaine are all about. I think this one has long-term potential both as a wine and as a relationship. Bring one home for dinner and I'm sure you'll feel the same way.

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