2011 Tessellae "Old Vines" Côtes du Roussillon

SKU #1134627 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The least expensive offering is the 2011 Tessellae Old Vines Côtes du Roussillon, an intriguing blend of 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Grenache Gris, a rare white grape. It was aged 12 months in concrete tanks prior to being bottled unfiltered. It boasts an expansive, intense, complex bouquet of garrigue, strawberries and black cherries intermixed with a hint of spring flowers, a velvety texture and a voluptuous mouthfeel. It made me write in my tasting notes that it was a $12 Cote Rotie of the south, although $12 Cote Roties went out of existence about 50 years ago. This beautiful, soft, round, seductive red should drink well for 4-5 years. Jean-Marc Lafage and importer Eric Solomon fashioned these special cuvees, which are only available through European Cellars in the United States.  (12/ 2012)

K&L Notes

14.5% abv.

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 By: Michael Sojka |  Review Date: 8/20/2013 
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letting this one get some air makes a huge difference. Over the course of about 3 hours the tannins softened quite a bit. Nice fruit and structure which means this could evolve in the bottle for a few years. I am getting 6 more bottles at this price and will most likely wish I had bought two cases.
Drink from 2013 to 2018

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Languedoc-Roussillon

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5