2015 Domaine Roche Cairanne La Bousquette (750ml)

Grenache from Cairanne, Rhône, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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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 Côtes du Rhône status in 1953, became a Côtes du Rhône-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.


La Bousquette is indeed one of the most impressive wines of the village. The old vines are most expressive, the blending of ancient Carignan vines masterful. The 2015 vintage certainly the best since the 2009 and 2010 is a hybrid of those two vintages and a very close second place for the estate. I don't recall tasting a recent Rhone wine this profound, that has such power without being heavy, graceful tannins, intriguing complexity of Carignan, and an expansive intensity on the palate. Yet somehow subtle. Rare to find very old vine carignan so expressive these days. This is a treasure and a bargain.

94 points, Bob Sprentall, B-21 Proprietor (Oct 2018)

Alcohol By Volume: 15.5%
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