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The 2011 Domaine “La Garrigue”, Cuvee Romaine is Spot On


I suppose it is an Eric Solomon day!  The 2011 Domaine La Garrigue, Cuvee Romaine is a custom cuvee for Eric Solomon.  The 2011 vintage sees a return to the inclusion of Mourvedre which I sorely missed in the 2010 vintage (you may read about here).  With its red fruit and earth this is a more approachable wine than in previous vintages.  While I suspect it will not be as long-lived as the 2005 or 2006 there is certainly no rush to drink them up.  So buy a few bottles drink over the holidays and next several years.  It is a return to form and a good value.  This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2011 Domaine “La Garrigue”, Cuvee Romaine, Cotes du Rhone – $15
Imported by Eric Solomon/European Cellars.  This wine is a blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, and 10% Syrah sourced from 60-90 year old vines located on pebbly soils at 450 feet.  It was aged for 10-12 months in concrete tanks.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The color is a light to medium purple ruby.  The light nose offers up pepper, red fruit, and some earthy aromas.  In the mouth there is red fruit, raspberry, and pepper delivered with brightness and acidity.  This is a very approachable wine with acidity on the sides of the tongue.  The flavors are a little earthy and easily expands in the mouth with a slightly heady aftertaste.  With air there are darker, ethereal flavors in the aftertaste along with some fine youthful tannins and sweet spice.  Nice.  *** Now-2017.

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  1. Alex Tremblot
    November 8, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Cuvée Romaine is actually a 50% Grenache, 50% Syrah blend. No Mourvèdre in it. It is an excellent pick though.

    • November 8, 2014 at 6:52 am

      Alex, thanks for commenting. What is the source of your information? The Eric Solomon technical sheet lists the 2011 vintage as having Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah. The sheet for the 2010 vintage lists just Grenache and Syrah. Philippe Cambie wrote that the declassification of Vacqueyras fruit for the 2010 vintage of Romaine made for a different assembly that year.

      • November 8, 2014 at 6:54 am

        I should add I am referring to the custom cuvee imported by Eric Solomon. Let’s see if we can clarify the details!

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