My sister and I packed up a varied selection of rich cheese and crackers to enjoy at my husband’s hockey practice. We fancied a lush, fruity glass to keep us warm and complement our many cheeses, so as my husband hit the ice, we gave a pour to Domaine Lafage Cuvee Nicolas Grenache 2009. Sixth generation winemaker Jean-Marc Lafage heads the family’s nearly 500 acre estate located between Perpignan and the Mediterranean Sea. Lafage is passionate about employing a combination of modern technology and traditional methods in his vineyards. He utilizes modern foliage analyses and field monitoring alongside goblet-training techniques and hand harvesting. He believes in viticulture that respects the environment and only minimal intervention during production.
Dark red-violet in colour, aromas of plum and brown sugar swirled about in the glass. Lush flavours of blackberry and cherry with traces of grape jam mingled with herbaceous vestiges of fresh thyme in the medium body. Spicy black pepper was entwined with hints of mocha and earthy tobacco in the moderate finish. Smooth and easy drinking, this is an enjoyable glass at the table or on its own.
Côtes Catalanes [IGP]
Estate Bottled by S.C.E.A. Maison Lafage
Enjoy now thru 2014
Rated 90 points by the Wine Advocate