2011 Domaine Lafage "Tessellae Old Vines" Côtes du Roussillon

SKU #1161344 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The least expensive offering is the 2011 Tessellae Old Vines Cotes 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. (RP)  (12/ 2013)

K&L Notes

This amazing value is a particularly strong showing in 2011. Vines averaging 65 years old are selectively harvested as clusters ripen to yields of only 25 hl/ha. 14.5% abv.

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By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/8/2014  | Send Email
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Another ridiculous value in the long line of stellar values from Domaine Lafage is the 2011 Tessellae Old Vines. At the modest price of $12.99 this wine delivers the goods, a fabulously spicy nose of red licorice, tobacco, sweet berry fruit and spice seamlessly flows to a vibrant palate stacked with fresh strawberries and red raspberries flavors as well as racy acidity that brings it all together on the finish. This wine can pair well with almost all your springtime fare as well as the perfect aperitif wine on its own.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2016

By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/7/2014  | Send Email
This wine always drinks well above its humble price point and the latest version doesn't disappoint. Although it displays an impressive mid-palate richness (think blackcurrant and dark chocolate) it still manages to remain balanced and fresh. And while it's a no brainer to enjoy with beef, grilled chicken or pork roast, it will also pair well with more savory vegetarian fare like grilled veggies, portobello mushroom burgers or even vegetarian moussaka. Delicious and so versatile!
Drink from 2014 to 2018

By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/7/2014  | Send Email
Leave it to Jean-Marc LaFage to create another spectacular old vine wonder from the heart of his homeland in the hills of Roussillon. The name "Tessellae" actually derives from the beautiful fragments of mosaic tile that are relics of ancient Roman villas, and although these vines do not stretch quite as far back in time, they deeply evoke the earth and its generous mineral bounty in their veins. And what better way to celebrate than with this archetypal southern blend--the exuberant fruitiness of Grenache, structure and depth of Syrah, and earthy intensity of Mourvèdre, with a splash of Grenache Gris to round out the rich and complex flavors. A perfect accompaniment to most Mediterranean fare, from savory leg of lamb to phyllo-wrapped almond and cinnamon Chicken. "Mosaic" to your ears, um, palate!
Top Value!

By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/6/2014  | Send Email
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This is a great value in Rhone-style wines! it starts out lush, with plush mouthfeel and rich, dark red fruits. It then comes forth with supple tannin and and follows this up by dark, black cherries on the finish. Northern Rhone fans take note! Put your Cote Rotie and Hermitage away for special occasions and buy this super-bargain tonight! It will even age for the next couple of years beautifully. Robert Parker even gave it 93 points! Once it is gone, folks, it is gone. So don't wait!
Top Value!

By: Patrick Cu |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/6/2014  | Send Email
Here's the type of wine you buy by the case. The low price and high quality really demand attention. I can see this being versatile with food or just enjoyable on its own. The soft mouth feel and abundance of raspberry and strawberry notes make this approachable on any given casual night home. A lovely deal from Domaine Lafage!

By: Mulan Chan-Randel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/6/2014  | Send Email
The 2011 Tessellae Old Vine GSM is an absolute steal of a wine from the south of France. Rich and fruity, with no hint of oak and fine tannins, it will make a great impression at your next BBQ or Sunday night dinner. Another stellar example of the unbeatable quality-price ratio coming out of the Roussillon these days.
Drink from 2014 to 2017

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Languedoc-Roussillon

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5