The Domaine Vinci Roc 2014 is made by Olivier Varichon and Emanuelle Vinci who established their domaine in 2001 in the Roussillon region of France. Their 6 hectares of vines are isolated on craggy hillsides in the Agly Valley. They can brag about being organic certified and work it all by hand. They also don’t try to wrangle the nature of their vineyards, they only plough once a year in the winter, and let the flora and fauna grow wild. Sulphur isn’t used during vinification, just a dash at bottling to keep things fresh and provide a nice window for develop. And this 2014 shows positive development and crazy complexity. An absolute bargain in our opinion.
Tasting note: Roc is a blend of 70% Carignan and 30% Mourvedre. In 2022 we opened this bottle and were blown away by its development, blasting past its own price point. On par with bottles in the $40-$50 range. The lifted aromas are of dried, crushed flowers, rose petal, tangy orange marmalade, cherries, strawberries, and a salty tang. The flavors follow suit, crushed flower, cherries, and strawberries with additional touches of black pepper and dark, unsweetened chocolate. The wine is dry with a medium body and alcohol, HIGH acidity and a medium amount of powdery tannin. Highly complex with a long finish and even more room for development.