LVT 2018 r Romain Roche took over 15 hectares of his father Marcel's 45 hectare vineyards in 2009, making his first vintage then; he now looks after 20 hectares of Cairanne, notably 12 ha on the stony Les Garrigues, 6 ha on the dense grey soils of Les Combes, neighbours there including L Brusset and M Richaud. Marcel was formerly President of the Cave, while Romain's grandfather Victor was also a Co-operateur. Romain did studies at Bordeaux and in the Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence before returning to Cairanne in 2008. He spent a year largely in the vineyards studying how they worked. His first five vintages were vinified chez Corinne Couturier at Domaine Rabasse Charavin.
From 2015 he has been vinifying in his own new cellar. In 2009 and 2010 there were 30-40,000 bottles, the rest sold in bulk. 2014 onwards: 80-85% bottled, the rest sold in bulk. Cairanne forms 70-75% of his total. At first the wines showed extraction, but that has eased recently. The regular Cairnne red, 40,000 bottles, achieved w.o.w. status in 2018, a wine of finesse and freedom. The reds have genuine depth, and the special, not every year La Bousquette, 85% 1900s Grenache, was a genuine, impressive ***** STGT wine in 2017, and a thorough **** wine in 2018. A recent cuvée called Marcel Roche [Romain's dad], was a graceful ****(*) wine in 2018; it is taken from 1940s and older Grenache.
Romain Roche, father Marcel Roche La Bousquette 84290 Cairanne
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