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A Trio of Excellent “La Garrigue”, Cuvée Romaine


As I research and write more and more about the History of Wine I find that I drink the same wines more often.  One of my frequent selections has been the 2011 Domaine “La Garrigue”, Cuvée Romaine, Côtes du Rhône.  The 2012 vintage recently became available so I took advantage of the situation to taste a mini-vertical.  Fortunately, Philippe Cambie has done it again, the 2012 is clearly a consistent follow-on to the 2011 vintage.  All of the components are there including the need for short-term aging.  The 2009 vintage is clearly young.  This vintage contains no Mourvedre so I suspect the increased level of Syrah has given it more backbone.  The flavors lean towards Kirsch with less earth.  I would buy Cuvee Romaine  by the case.  It is a real treat to drink this wine.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 Domaine “La Garrigue”, Cuvée Romaine, Côtes du Rhône – $16
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%.  There was a fresh berry nose.  In the mouth the compact, fresh fruit tastes young.  The black fruit is less earthy and mixes with very, very fine drying tannins.  With extended air a bit of earthy, mineral, complexity comes out.  This need six months in the cellar.  **(*) 2014-2019.

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2011 Domaine “La Garrigue”, Cuvée Romaine, Côtes du Rhône – $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%.  There was a dark nose of earthy fruit and floral herbs.  The earthy, black fruit had an ethereal quality.  The fine and texture, drying tannins will enable develop for a few more years though it is drinking great right now.  *** Now-2019.

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2009 Domaine “La Garrigue”, Cuvée Romaine, Côtes du Rhône – 
Imported by Eric Solomon/European Cellars.  This wine is a blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose revealed tangy red aromas.  In the mouth the sharper start brought robust flavors of bright, earthy, Kirsch.  The acidity was noticeable in the back of the throat.  The wine had hints of maturity but ultimately comes across as young.  With air it settled down a bit to reveal cool, dense flavors, minerals, and structure from strong, textured tannins.  There were cinnamon spices in the fresh finish.  I would cellar this further.  **(*) 2016-2025.

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