2014 Domaine Lafage "Tessellae - Old Vines GSM" Côtes du Roussillon SKU #1333855


RP 90
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The Tessellae is a joint venture between importer Eric Solomon and winemaker Jean-Marc Lafage. The Tessellae wines are old vine vineyard sources farmed by Lafage to his exacting standards. The Old Vines GSM is a blend of Grenache Syrah and Mourvedre from vines averaging 65 years of age on primarily schist soils. All grapes are hand harvested and the winemaking is done in concrete tanks to preserve the vibrancy of the fruit. Year after year, wine after wine, Lafage delivers the goods.

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  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Shouting it from the rooftops - "Jean-Marc Lafage produces southern France's greatest values." Critical press aside, Jean-Marc's wines pinch the nerve that get people to buy and rebuy his wines over and over. The Bastide Miraflors was one of our greatest success stories this year and it's not just all press. You (and we) as consumers just love drinking these wines. There is a hedonistic pleasure in all of them and I think this overlooked gem is the perfect representation of that notion. The "Old Vines" is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre but it is at once greater than its parts. Rich red fruit flavors of candied strawberry and red cherry are surrounded by supple tannins and ripe long finish. It is pure pleasure in a glass. Since the supplier is ready to move onto a new vintage we have an outstanding price on this. This wine is sure to please all comers from holiday gift giving to Christmas parties and of course your everyday drinking needs.
  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    Despite the fact that we've seen some killer power-reds coming out of the Roussillon this year, I've also noticed the prices have seemed very un-Roussillon. The Tessellae is the perfect answer. At its price point it has a lot to offer as a table wine: great concentration, spice, and red fruits. It has all the fruit you need without sacrificing acidity, which really anchors the wine. This wine really delivers on big fruit, putting everything else in its price range at a distant second. For those of you who love those big, rich South West France wines--this is an excellent contender for your house red.


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