2014 Domaine Lafage "Bastide Miraflors" Côtes du Roussillon

SKU #1271165 92 points 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)  (7/2015)

K&L Notes

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.

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Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/3/2016 | Send Email
What an amazing value I should say! I was more than impressed with this wine. I've enjoyed "Bastide Miraflors" in the past vintages, and this one does not disappoint. It is medium to full-bodied, full of black fruit layered with dark spices. Tannins are very soft and velvety and it leads to long juicy finish. Very approachable and classic Cotes du Roussilon with incredible level of complexity. I'm going to make it my everyday house wine, because you really can't find better wine at this price, if you love French wines. Don't miss out on this one!

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/26/2016 | Send Email
Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of this job is the ability to taste, savor and most importantly, share with customers, the immense wealth of wines that our tireless, talented buyers uncover and bring into the store. For several vintages, the Bastide Miraflors has expressed the very soul of the Roussillon, emboldened by robust, vibrant fruit that leaps from the glass with aromas and undertones of blackcurrants, sweet cherries, dark plums and wild herbs, wreathed by velvety tannins and a flourish of licorice on the firm finish. A truly fantastic find for your holiday parties, sure to enhance any gathering. And at this amazing price, it will soon disappear....
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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/26/2016 | Send Email
Kudos to Jean-Marc and Elaine Lafage once again for delivering the highest QPR wines in the store. Last year we had phenomenal success with their wines and this year, the Bastide Miraflors is poised to garner the same interest. As with all wines though, vintage is a factor and I must say, I am really enjoying the 2014 a touch more than last year. Still loaded with beautiful fruit but a touch more restrained, I find more of the classic spices and garrigue notes that these varieties possess. Another not to be missed value from the Roussillon!!

Staff Image By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/26/2016 | Send Email
A new vintage of one of our all-time best sellers, it is easy to see why this quickly disappears from our shelves every time we get it in. This is not a wine that tries to impress with power like some of their neighbors - instead the sheer refinement and purity steals the show. It also is extremely composed right out of the bottle for such a young age. Lafage's Bastide Miraflors in 2014 could easily could stand toe-to-toe with many Chateauneuf in the $30 - $40 range, and is easily one of my favorite values in the store right now, Southern France and beyond.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/26/2016 | Send Email
Just in time for fall, the shipment of the latest vintage of Bastide Miraflors from Domaine Lafage has arrived. It’s full of pure, big-bodied dark fruit flavors like plum, black cherry and cassis with ultra smooth integrated tannins. This has a lot of personality with secondary flavors like tobacco, licorice and spice underlining the great fruit. Even in the south of France, where low-cost wines abound, this is a standout quality-to-price ratio!
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