DON’T MISS OUT - LAST CHANCE FOR THIS FAVORITE WINE!
“Cotes Du Roussillon Villages Lieu Dit La Narassa is a new wine for Domaine Lafage; it’s a beguiling blend of Grenache and Syrah from one of our favorite producers from the South of France! When we got this wine in last November, it sold out in one
day – as impeccably well-made wines that are extremely reasonably priced tend to do. I had to beg them for a second delivery. This wine scored 93 points and is under $16 – we only have 50 cases available, so don’t hesitate! This is the last we have of this vintage!” – Jim Knight, Wine House
"Run by the talented (and fast driving) Jean-Marc and Eliane Lafage, from their cellar located just outside of Perpignan (which is being completely renovated), this estate includes vineyards spread throughout the Roussillon, allowing them to make the most of the diverse
terroirs and micro-climates. I struggle to think of another portfolio that encompasses anywhere close to this level of value, and the average quality to price (QPR) for these wines is just hard to believe." – Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2014 Domaine Lafage Cotes Du Roussillon Villages Lieu Dit La Narassa
“From one of the warmest sites in France, the 2014 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Lieu Dit La Narassa comes from 70-year-old vines planted in the black schist soils of Maury. Despite the rugged, hot terroir from where this beauty comes, the wine is pure silk and elegant, with lots of black raspberry, chocolate covered currants, pepper and olive notes giving way to a full-bodied 2014; it has polished tannin and a seamless texture. A blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah that was aged mostly in concrete tank (20% in demi-muids), drink it anytime over the coming 4-5 years. Drink: 2016 - 2021
I’ve raved time and time again about the quality - and value - coming from Domaine Lafage’s Jean-Marc Lafage. A large estate that pulls from vines in the Agly Valley, the Aspres region, and vines around the estate and close the Mediterranean Sea, they’ve just completed work on a new, state of the art winery and cellar. I can only imagine the quality will continue to soar at this estate.” – Jeb Dunnuck, April 2016
Harvesting is done later, it gives the grapes an advanced maturity, offering them a soft texture with a long finish. Our idea is to get a wine like "Ripasso" Hand harvesting in small baskets for grenache. We select the best grapes for this wine. Cold maceration will be chosen for a better extraction
of the fruit and color. Pairs well with charcuterie, tapas, red meat, paella, game, chocolate cake ...
Appellation: Côtes du Roussillon Blend: 70% Grenache - 30% Syrah Age of Vines: 60+ years Farming: Practicing organic Soil: Black schist Fermentation: Hand harvested, cold pre-fermentation maceration, natural yeast co-fermentation in tank Aging: 12 months in concrete (80%) and French oak demi-muids (20%)
FROM THE IMPORTER
For well over a decade we have worked with Jean-Marc Lafage at his estate in the Roussillon, and across the border in Spain where he consults on several projects. As good as his wines were, when we first met him, they only get better with each vintage. When we first made his acquaintance in Calatayud, he suggested we visit his estate in the Roussillon and the rest, as they say, is history.
Jean-Marc and Eliane Lafage farm 160 hectares of vines located just south of the capital of
French Catalonia, Perpignan. Some of their vineyards are situated a few kilometers from the Mediterranean, while others can be found in the foothills of the Pyrenees. This range of sites allows them to make both refreshing whites as well as concentrated reds and, this being the Roussillon, some fortified wines as well. Benefiting from a warm, dry climate, the estate is farmed organically. They grow primarily Grenache (Blanc, Gris & Noir), Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Marsanne, Roussanne and Chardonnay with a significant proportion of the vines well over 50 years old. The soil, as you near the coast is weathered, alluvial gravel while in the higher elevation sites it is predominantly schist. They harvest by hand and the winemaking is surprisingly uncomplicated with stainlesss steel for the fresher whites but mostly concrete tanks for the rest with a small amount of French oak demi-muids.
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