Despite being one of the youngest winemakers in Cairanne and owning one of the newest domaines in the village, Romain Roche is descended from generations of winegrowers. His father, Marcel owns 50 hectares in the village and once served as the president of the local cooperative so when Romain returned to his home village in 2009 he began to rent the best parcels of his family’s vineyards from his father. He currently farms about 20 hectares of older vines located on the côteaux and garrigue. While the average age of most of the plots he farms is around 50 years old, he also owns the oldest vineyard in Cairanne, La Bousquette, which is planted with 120 year old Grenache and Carignan on sandy clay soils. In the very best years part of the fruit from La Bousquette is bottled as a separate cuvée. Aged entirely in concrete, this cuvée shows the darkest fruit of the domaine with a wonderful slate-y minerality. Despite the density of fruit, it retains the characteristic lift and balance of Cairanne. Even when it is made it is only available in minuscule quantities. This wine drinks like a baby Chateauneuf and costs on third of the price. Take advantage of our 6–pack deal to stock up!
More exotic and complex than the base Cairanne, the flagship 2014 La Bousquette Cairanne is made from 80% Grenache and 20% Carignan that comes from 100 plus-year-old vines. Aged all in concrete, it offers a terrific perfume of crushed flowers, crushed rock-like minerality and sweet Grenache-driven fruit. Medium-bodied, elegant and nicely concentrated, it has enough tannic bite on the finish to warrant a year or two in the cellar after release. It should be at its best from 2017-2022.