2011 Domaine Lafage "Tessellae Old Vines" Côtes du Roussillon
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)
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.