Red Wine /// G.S.M. // Southern Rhone / France
La Roubine is a deeply personal producer for me. I have tried nearly every vintage they have ever produced. They make incredible satisfying Southern Rhone, Grenache-led wines brimming with intensity. They are moorish, plush & concentrated.
...IT IS THE MOTHER as it shows a sure hand, an almost world weary quality next to it's rambunctious son and world beating husband. It is a picture of elegance and restraint, scratch the surface for a galaxy of layers and flavours. THE WINE is gorgeous. Not as gregarious as the Sablet or the Gigondas, but it is a picture of refinement and fine Southern Rhone fruit. Leaning toward a red fruit spectrum, there is a spicy and zesty intensity that is unique to the other wines. It shows great evolution in the glass. I didn't decant and enjoyed the time I had with it, treating it like a Burgundy rather than a Rhone. Swirl, sniff, sip, repeat. This was my favourite of the three this year. All sophisticated class and style. STSWine