Although the weather has been fiercely hot, I fancied a velvety glass of red, so I gave a pour to one of my highly admired estates and winemaker; Lafage Tessellae Old Vines Cotes du Roussillon 2011. [Check out their Miraflors Rosé and Cuvee Nicolas Greneche.] Jean-Marc Lafage’s family have been growing grapes 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, hand harvesting and only minimal intervention during production. Their mindset is one of “a healthy form of viticulture that respects the environment through a sound culture”.
Dark garnet in colour, after decanting aromas of grape jam on toast and warm sun-baked bricks swirled about in the glass. Lush black cherry and blackberry flavours were underscored by traces of charred earth in the medium to full body. Crushed black peppercorn and dark chocolate elements comprised the moderate finish. A fantastic fusion of fruit, earth and spice, this is a suave, plush glass engaging at the table or on its own.
50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre
Cotes du Roussillon
Bottled by SARL Lafage
Enjoy now thru 2016
Rated 93 points by the Wine Advocate