Domaine la Garrigue 2020 Cotes du Rhone Red
Founded in 1850 by the Bernard family, Domaine la Garrigue resides in what is now the appellation of Vaqueyras. One of the largest landholders there, they have defined the style of Vacqueyras and were instrumental in having it elevated to Cru status. Probably what they are best known for though, is the "Cuvée Romaine" Côtes-du-Rhône. It continues to be a fan favorite and represents one of the best values in the Southern Rhône. Winemaker Virginie Combe (6th generation in the Bernard family) oversees the process and worked closely with the late Philippe Cambie to best express the style of the winery. The wine is composed of Grenache and Syrah from vines ranging in age from 40-60 years planted in soils of clay-limestone, sand and gravelly-clay . Most of the fruit comes from around the village of Vacqueyras. Fermentation is done in concrete tank with whole clusters giving power and structure to the wine. The Cuvée Romaine is no mere Côtes-du-Rhône, this is a powerful red that always evolves beautifully for years after it is released.
92pts Jeb Dunnuck
Not yet bottled, the 2020 Côtes Du Rhône Cuvée Romaine checks in as 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah. It has a beautiful bouquet of red and black fruits, garrigue, pepper, and spice to go with a medium to full-bodied, rich, beautifully textured style on the palate. With a level of purity and complexity well above its humble price point, it's a no brainer purchase. (3/2021)