2015 Château Saint-Roch "Chimères" Côtes du Roussillon-Villages SKU #1358793


RP 93
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A blend of 40% Black Grenache, 30% Carignan, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.

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  • James Bradshaw
    By: James Bradshaw
    K&L Staff Member
    What a great southern French red! Fresh, expressive, and with excellent purity, it greets the nose with wonderful aromas of wildflowers, raspberries, and wet slate. A full-bodied Roussillon, it carries its weight well thanks to a solid core of acidity that keeps things lively from the first sip to the last. On the palate, it reveals flavors of bramble, raspberry, anise seed, and a hint of red pepper spice. When given a chance to evolve in the glass secondary flavors of earth and porcini mushroom emerge rounding out an already beautiful presentation. In the under $20 category, you simply won't do much better than this gorgeous, ready-to-drink 2015.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    There is no shortage of fans of Jean-Marc Lafage's wines here at K&L and I happen to be in that camp. The Chimeres is robust, full bodied and long on the palate with its meaty smoky brambly black fruit and roasted mineral notes. It is classic Roussillon. This wine will deliver for hours in the glass and maybe even a few extra days in the bottle if you don't finish it right away. Never a problem though at my house when Lafage is behind the winemaking.
  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    Sourced from just outside the village of Maury, I was struck by the gorgeous nose on this wine. Highly aromatic with blackberry, wet stone, and gamey notes. I love that the wine strikes a more balanced medium body, with such a dark fruit profile. It makes for a more balanced wine. The palate has elements of blackberry compote, minerality and a slight garrigue/tobacco note, with a unsweetened chocolate component at the finish. Not an ounce of tannin on this wine, it will show perfectly right out of the bottle. A tick darker and more concentrated than the Bastide Miraflors, this is another brilliant wine from Lafage.
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    This is an unreal value in Cotes du Roussillon, with equal parts lush, perfumed Grenache and bright, high toned Carignane, rounded by smoky, gamey Syrah and deep, garrigue laden Mourvèdre. The distinctive black schist soils on which the vines of Saint Roch are planted impart an intensely mineral character to the full bodied, luxurious palate. Black fruit abounds, with aromas and flavors of lavender, strawberry preserves, stewed plum and black pepper, and a bright acidity throughout drives the finish home.
  • Alex Pross
    By: Alex Pross
    K&L Staff Member
    This is an absolute beauty! The nose is intoxicating with aromas of dark chocolate, spice, earth, fresh-picked blackberries and subtle dried herb notes. The palate is alive with fresh black and red fruits as well as chocolate, clove and oak notes. Easy to drink this is a steal for under $15.
    Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2022


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