Estate: Domaine Lafage was officially established by Jean-Marc along with his wife, winemaker Eliane Lafage in 1996, however Jean-Marc Lafage’s family have been growing grapes in the Roussillon for 6 generations. The estate encompasses more than 200 hectares in the Roussillon, 138 hectares of which are vineyards. Jean-Marc transformed the family vineyards into a domaine and began estate bottling the grapes. Jean-Marc Lafage’s wines have gained such notoriety that he is now one of “the most sought-after winemakers of Europe”. He consults at several of the top estates in both France and Spain, and crafts ‘Las Rocas’ wines with renowned importer Eric Solomon.
Philosophy: “A healthy form of viticulture that respects the environment through a sound culture”.
Winemaking: Focusing on their old vines, they employ both recent technology such as foliage analysis and field monitoring, along with traditional methods such as organic and sustainable farming, hand harvesting and only minimal intervention during production.
Grapes are sourced from terraced vineyards surrounded by garrigue at the foot of the Pyrenees. Soils are a mix of “schisto-marbreux” gravel. 20% of the wine was aged for 10 months in Burgundian barrels of French wood.
Tasting Notes: Transparent garnet in colour with inviting aromas of cherry, raspberry, black pepper, earth and traces of cigar box. Silky tannins wrap around cherry, black currant, black cherry and crushed black peppercorn. Fruit and clove notes linger between each sip. A great value, fantastic on its own or with a wide variety of dishes. [It was excellent with faux sausage, basil, ricotta pizza.]
Côtes Catalanes IGP
Mis en Bouteille au Domaine [front label] Bottled by S.C.E.A. Maison Lafage Mas Miraflors [back label]
Rated 92 points by Wine Advocate