I barrage of near 90 degree heat and humidity in the middle of May had me reaching for a refreshing Rosé. I was enthusiastic to give Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rosé 2012 a pour, especially since I adore glass corks. Jean-Marc Lafage’s family have been grape growers in the Roussillon for 6 generations, however it was Jean-Marc that stopped just selling grapes and transformed the vineyards into a domaine. He and his oenologist wife Eliane founded Domaine Lafage in 1996, today the estate encompasses more than 200 hectares in the Roussillon, 138 hectares of which are vineyards. With a spotlight on old vines, they employ both recent technology such as foliage analysis and field monitoring, along with traditional methods such as organic farming and hand harvesting. Their mindset is one of “a healthy form of viticulture that respects the environment through a sound culture”.
Pale coral in color with aromas of strawberry, pear and minerals. Strawberry, melon and traces of peach comprised the light to medium body, whilst citrus zest and a crisp minerality brightened the snappy finish. Refreshing and bright, this is a zippy glass wonderful for warm weather and spicy summer dishes.
70% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache Gris
Côtes du Roussillon
Mis en Bouteille au Domaine [Estate Bottled]
Enjoy now thru 2014
Rated 90 points by the Wine Advocate