2014 Domaine Lafage "Bastide Miraflors" Côtes du Roussillon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A steal from Lafage is the 2014 Bastide Miraflors, which is a Cotes du Roussillon, and a blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache, with the Grenache aged in concrete tanks and the Syrah in 500-liter demi-muids. Lafage makes more expensive wines than this, but certainly excels with his value lineup. He has really hit a home run with this 10,000-case cuvée. It is deep, ruby/plum/purple, with fresh notes of blackcurrants, plums, Provençal herbs as well as licorice. Deep, medium to full-bodied, with amazing fruit, the purity, authenticity and Mediterranean upbringing of this wine are obvious. Quite deep, round and succulent, this wine should drink well for another several years. This is one to buy by the case. This estate, which has created these custom cuvées with its importer Eric Solomon, has been on fire, producing gorgeous wines, whether they be white or red. (RP)
Jean-Marc Lafage has knocked it out of the park once again with this high quality, low cost stunner of a wine. Domaine Lafage is housed in their new facility just outside the city of Perpignan. One of the most advanced wineries in the region, Jean-Marc and his wife Elaine are crafting "must buy" wines from the region of Roussillon. Often using old vine fruit, the Bastide Miraflors is a blend of Syrah and old vine Grenache. The vineyards for this wine are practicing organic with an average vine age of 55 years. Last year, the 2013 was one of our ten best sellers of the year. We expect no less this year.