B-21 Top Recommendation
Cairanne is a quaint walled village positioned between the area called Plan de Dieu and Rasteau with a view of the Dentelles de Montmirail behind Gigondas to the southeast. While the 2015 La Bousquette rested in barrel, the appellation of Cairanne was awarded "Cru" status, that is, joining the ranks of others such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas and Crozes-Hermitage. Review: Cairanne achieved CÃ´tes du RhÃ´ne status in 1953, became a CÃ´tes du RhÃ´ne-Villages appellation in 1967, and in 2016 is fully ascendant as "Cru". So what was labeled a Cairanne Cotes du Rhone-Villages can now be referred to as simply Cairanne. We offered you Domaine Roche Cairanne La Bousquette with the very first vintage, 2009. Some of you may still have bottles of those first vintages squirreled away in the cellar? As with many vineyard owners who sold off their grapes to the local co-op, young Romain Roche wanted to produce his own wine from his father's vineyards. Marcel Roche sold all his grapes to the co-op, which he was also the president. After wine schooling in France, Australia, and the United States, young Romain Roche changed that and began producing and bottling his own, family wines. His father's enviable old vine vineyard holdings became Domaine Roche.