2011 Tessellae "Vieilles Vignes" Carignan Côtes Catalanes

SKU #1134629 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Tessellae Vieilles Vignes Cotes Catalanes is 100% Carignan aged in concrete tanks (80%) and demi-muids (20%). From 70-year-old Carignan vines planted in schist soils, it displays copious notes of blueberries, raspberries, spring flowers and damp forest floor. The fragrant aromatics are followed by a lush, gorgeously textured, medium-bodied, elegant, complex wine that should provide plenty of pleasure over the next 3-4 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

15% abv.

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Varietal:

Carignane

- This red grape goes by many names, including Carignane, Carignano, Cariñena, Mazuelo, Moestal, Roussillonen and Samsó, which can make things confusing. A native of northern Spain's Cariñena DO, this grape is also found all over France, particularly in the Languedoc-Roussillon, and is also planted in substantial amounts in Italy and California. A bold, spicy, tannic grape, you'll frequently find Carignan blended with softer, fruitier varieties like Grenache.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Languedoc-Roussillon

Alcohol Content (%): 15