2011 Domaine Lafage "côté EST" Côtes Catalanes Blanc
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Made from an eccentric blend of 50% Grenache Blanc (from 100+-year-old vines), 30% Chardonnay and 20% Marsanne aged on its lees in stainless steel, the 2011 Cote d’Est exhibits a stunning perfume of dried apricots, honeyed citrus and white flowers. The lovely aromatics are followed by a crisp, elegant, slightly more textured, medium-bodied white with wonderful purity, freshness and length. Not only is this dazzling wine remarkably inexpensive, but there are over 10,000 cases imported to the United States.
The Lafage family has been cultivating vines on Catalan soil for six generations. After furthering their knowlege of viticulture and winemaking in California, proprietors Jean-Marc and Elaine tend their estate where the Pyrenees Mountains meet the Mediterranean and form a natural border with Spain. This bottling offers excellent concentration and minerality with a fresh and enlivened profile of citrus and floral tones. 50% Grenache, 30% Chardonnay, 20% Marsanne. 13% abv.