2011 Chateau Saint-Roch Cotes du Roussillon Villages Kerbuccio...$15.99
The backside of this region is Corbieres, but this opaque purple-colored 2011 Kerbuccio would blow away just about any Corbieres. A wine of great intensity, it offers up copious floral, blackberry and blueberry fruit intermixed with hints of charcoal, scorched earth and wet rocks. Dense and full-bodied with tremendous richness and supple tannins, this beauty should drink well for 5-7 years, possibly longer.
Rated 95/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
"A joint venture between Jean-Marc Lafage and Importer Eric Solomon, the 2011 Château Saint-Roch Côtes du Roussillon Villages Chimères comes from 100-105 year old vines and is a mix of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Carignan that spent 8 to 12 months in a combination of 500-Liter barrels and concrete vats. A deep, fleshy, and rich effort, it has copious black fruits, melted licorice, distilled herbs, and chocolate like aromas and flavors that flow to a full-bodied, impressively pure 2011 that has layers of fruit, solid mid-palate depth, and a chewy, rich finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. Turning more elegant and red fruit driven with air, this knockout effort is already approachable and delicious. Enjoy bottles over the coming 4-6 years, possibly longer."
Rated 92/100 Jeb Dunnuck, now of The Wine Advocate
2012 Chateau Saint-Roch Cotes du Roussillon Vieilles Vignes Blanc
Composed of 80% Grenache Blanc and 20% Marsanne, the 2012 Vieilles Vignes Blanc comes from 50-year-old vines planted in limestone and clay soils. A delightful bouquet of caramelized honeyed grapefruit, white currants and other assorted citrus jumps from the glass of this crisp, dry, medium-bodied white. With surprising length and power, it reminded me of a restrained, more laid-back top white Hermitage — at a fraction of the price. Consume it over the next several years.
Rated 89/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate