Overview of the Wine
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 allow 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 uncommplicated with stainless steel for the fresher whites but mostly concrete tanks for the rest with a small amount of French oak demi-muids.
Grape / Blend
50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre
Côtes du Roussillon, Roussillon, South of France, France
90 Points - Wine Advocate
A delicious, dense ruby wine with notes of red and black cherries, earth, spice pepper and a touch of Provençal garrigue. Fresh vibrant acidity is also present and the wine is uncomplicated but rich, fleshy and very well balanced.
Product size: 750ml