2010 Romain Duvernay Cairanne Cotes du Rhone Villages
Expert Ratings
ST 90 points
WS 90 points
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Bullet Train to Romain Duvernay Parker's TGV to Avignon

Had we never opened our MacBook Airs at the Marriott Roissy, never logged into erobertparker.com, we never would have canceled our afternoon flight for JFK, opting instead to buy tickets on the 2pm TGV to Avignon.

Parker's report on the 2010 vintage in the southern Rhone would be the first of many critical salvos highlighting what many now believe to be the finest cool growing season in memory. Unlike the far warmer summers of 2007 and 2009, where late-ripening Mourvedre would take center stage, 2010 was a year for rich, floral, old-vine Grenache, accounting for a bevy of terrifically concentrated, but equally vibrant blends.

Less than 45 minutes after the bullet train stopped in Avignon, we were knocking on the door of Parker's newfound darling of the southern Rhone. Two hours later, we sealed the deal with enologist Romain Duvernay, leaving a half-dozen importers ankle-deep in Parker pixie dust.

As Parker's exhaustive report described, and as Romain even more vociferously added, 2010 proved to be one of the most unusual growing seasons in recent history. In Chateauneuf-du-Pape and its satellites -- Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Cairanne and Rasteau -- Duvernay told us, "most of us believe 2010 to be superior to 2007. While the 2007s were softer and more dense, the tiny yields of 2010 combined with far milder temperatures, giving us both great concentration and firm backbone." Then, the enologist whose 2010s stunned Parker, Tanzer and Wine Spectator went further. "This is not only the vintage of my lifetime -- but of my father's!"

The 2010 Romain Duvernay Cairanne is deepest ruby in color, infused with flashy aromas of ripe, high-toned red fruits, laced with sweet underbrush. Rich, yet marvelously elegant on the attack, the core is of ripe raspberry preserves, gently dosed with anise and white pepper. The finish, like all the top old-vine reds of the vintage, is firm and vibrant, arguing for 3-5 years in a cool cellar.



Tasting Notes

2010 Romain Duvernay Cairanne Cotes du Rhone Villages
"Ruby-red. Ripe black cherry, black olive and sweet brown spices on the nose. Pliant, juicy and fresh, with harmonious acidity lifting the flavors of black raspberry, chocolate and fresh herbs. Lovely balance here: not a bit overworked or overextracted. Finishes with serious but very fine tannins and lovely length and lift. There's no hurry to consume this wine, but it's delicious already."
90 points -- Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

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