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Domaine des Escaravailles "Les Hautes Granges" Côtes du Rhône Villages Roaix 2019

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From a small and lesser-known Côtes du Rhône named village in the Southern Rhône region, Roaix, Domaine des Escaravailles ‘Hautes Granges’ is a really smooth organic old vine Syrah produced only in exceptional years

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Wine Style

Red Wine, Smooth Elegant Red

Grape Variety

Shiraz / Syrah

Wine Region











Vegan, Organic



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Domaine des Escaravailles “Les Hautes Granges” Côtes du Rhône Villages Roaix 2019 is a super 100% Syrah or Shiraz Rhône wine. It is produced from old vines and only in exceptional years. It originates from a small and lesser-known Côtes du Rhône named village in the Southern Rhône region, Roaix. This is one of only 18 named villages permitted to add the name of the village after Côtes du Rhône Villages on the label when all the grapes originate from that village, as they do here, hence Côtes du Rhône Roaix. Fairly unusually for the Rhône it is produced 100% from Syrah or Shiraz. The producer is one of my favourites of the region, Domaine des Escaravailles – Escaravailles is the name for beetles in the local dialect, Occitan, hence the beetle on the label and on the cork of this bottle; it is also said to be a nickname for black-robed monks that used to tend the vineyards in days gone by.


This small winery, in the Ferran family since 1953, is situated high up in the Rasteau region; its Syrah vines (a clone of Northern Rhône Syrah called Serein) are c. 40 years old. Domaine des Escaravailles “Les Hautes Granges” Côtes du Rhône Villages Roaix 2019 is really special because it is only produced in exceptional years and even then is only available in small quantities. The ageing vines and pebbly limestone soils help add to the intensity and complexity of flavours – black fruits, raspberries, violet, savoury meaty notes, white pepper and spices. It is aged for 9 months in 2 year old oak barrels – brand new barrels might impart too much oak into the wine so the effect is more subtle with older barrels. And yet despite the structure and intensity of this wine it is super smooth. Very impressive!

Producer's Notes

“Small production of Syrah aged in oak barrels for a powerful, structured and smooth wine… Superb deep red wine colour with inky reflections. Elegant and graphite nose of violet, cherry brandy and eucalyptus. The palate is full and round with cocoa aromas combined with liquorice and white pepper.”

How to enjoy

The producer recommends drinking this wine with red meat, spicy lamb tagine, duck and game and more specifically with jugged hare with chocolate sauce, pheasant cooked with mushrooms, Regalis blue sheep’s cheese & dark chocolate mousse.


Serve at 16-18°C


Terre de Vins     Sep 2021
“Very ripe fruit and violets for this 100% Syrah old vines cuvée. What vivacity, what freshness, what youth! Aging in 225-litre oak barrels for nine months goes unnoticed.”

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