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WA90-93, Another Blockbuster Red Value From Jean-Marc Lafage - 03/30/2017 - French Regional Wines

Jean-Marc Lafage produces a large stable of wines, but even with this range and diversity there is one common denominator: impeccable quality. From top to bottom, his wines stand among the very best in their category, so it is with great anticipation that we await his most current releases. Recently we received his 90-93 Point, 2014 "Kerbuccio" - a red blend from the southern French appellation of Maury. A region once best known for its dessert wines, Lafage has led the charge in producing superlative red blends from here that stand up to some of the very best from the Rhone. As we had hoped the 2014 "Kerbuccio" is a bottle of pure delight. A blend of Syrah, Mourvedre, and Carignan it is a darkly fruited affair that doesn’t lack one iota for power and extraction. Remarkably is sells for a mere $15.99 - an outstanding price for a wine that operates at such a high level.

Red fruits of strawberry, cranberry, and bing cherry are first to make an appearance. Soon darker fruits join the dance and are accompanied by touches of violet, wet stone, baking spice, thyme, and sage. It has a very appealing approach with smooth tannins which carry into the long, persistent finish. A terrific everyday red, there’s hardly a situation where this 2014 won’t fit in. For those who love an internationally styled, modern reds27 the "Kerbuccio" delivers in spades.

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2014 Saint Roch "Kerbuccio" Maury Sec ($15.99)

90-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre and 20% Carignan that was aged in 50% new demi-muids, the 2014 Kerbuccio Maury Sec has an inky color to go with lots of upfront black raspberry, cassis, licorice, wilder herbs and violet-like aromas and flavors. Coming all from the black schist soils of the newly created Maury Sec AOC, this full-bodied, sexy, supple and yet still fresh and lively 2014 will drink nicely on release and have 4-5 years or evolution. I dont think it has the depth of the 2013, but its not far off. Jean-Marc Lafages Maury-based estate, Saint Roch pulls from vines planted on the black schist soils around Maury, but ALSO from the more cooler, more granite-dominated terroirs around the villages of Lesquerde and Saint Paul de Fenouillet. As I stated last year, these wines represent incredible values. (JD)" (04/2015)

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 02, 2017

Jean-Marc Lafage delivers once again from his OTHER property located in the Maury appellation of the Roussillon. This smaller estate produces richer wines which the region of Maury is itself famous. The black and brown slate soils are ideal for Grenache and produce gorgeous full-bodied reds. The Kerbuccio itself is full of ripe blue and black fruit flavors, with subtle notes of fresh thyme, rosemary and Indian spices. This is a slight step back in intensity from the 2013 which to me, adds more immediate appeal. It is beautifully fruited, savory and ready to drink with an herb crusted leg of lamb or some medium rare pork chops straight off the grill.

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 20, 2017

Maury recently underwent a Sec change! Not a typo, but a reference to the Roussillon-based AOC that split in 2011, with the original region named Maury Doux (for its fortified Vin Doux Naturel wines) and the new one Maury Sec (dry table wines). Cultivated on unique schist and granite soils, this embracing, dark and unambiguously seductive red reflects the distinct terroir of the ruggedly beautiful Agly Valley. A dazzling kaleidoscope of wildflowers, fruit and spices from cherries, blueberries and plums to violets, potpourri and balsamic flood the palate, with mineral notes that bring to mind the scent of spring rains. Plenty to admire here, so dazzle yourself with a bottle or two. Live wine and prosper!

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 10, 2017

I had certain expectations for the 2014 Chateau Saint Roch before I tasted it. I've had plenty of Syrah/Grenache/Carignan blends in the past--but this one really surprised me. I got a ton of lighter red fruits: small red cherries, and strawberries on the nose, complemented by a graceful floral note that I wasn't expecting at all. Topping it all off there was a clear note of brown sugar emanating from the glass. Great body and texture, there was a touch of heat on the finish. The clean fruitiness of the Mourvedre and Carignan really shines in this wine and ultimately leads to a drinking experience that is distinctive, sleek and modern. That's a whole lot of wine for $16.