2014 Domaine Lafage "Tessellae Vieilles Vignes" Carignan Côtes Catalanes

SKU #1271166 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A crazy value, the 2014 IGP Cotes Catalanes Tessellae Carignan Vieilles Vignes is one of the best examples of this variety from the Roussillon, and the fact that it sells for a song is just icing on the cake for the consumer. Coming all from schist soils and 70-year-old vines, raised 12 months in a mix of concrete tanks and demi-muids, it offers tons of black raspberry and black cherry fruit, licorice and dried spices to go with a super sexy, heady, seamless style on the palate that keeps you coming back to the glass. Drink this blockbuster over the coming 2-3 years. I’ve raved time and time again about the quality - and value - coming from Domaine Lafage’s Jean-Marc Lafage. A large estate that pulls from vines in the Agly Valley, the Aspres region, and vines around the estate and close the Mediterranean Sea, they’ve just completed work on a new, state of the art winery and cellar. I can only imagine the quality will continue to soar at this estate. (JD)  (4/2016)

K&L Notes

This 100% Old Vine Carignan is one of our most anticipated wines this year. It hails from top value producer Jean Marc Lafage who is the master of over delivering for dollars paid. The 2012 and 2013 Carignans were two of our most popular reds from their respective years. The 2014 gets the hat trick, maintaining that remarkable consistency. The 2014 Carignan Vieilles Vignes has classic varietal notes with rich berry fruit, spice and mineral complexity. Once again, the Lafages nail it! (Keith Mabry, French Regional Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/3/2017 | Send Email
Don't wear a hat when drinking this one. Raspberry, plum, and sour cherries with just a touch of garrigue. On the palate, the acidity just grabs on and takes you for a ride. Backed up with just a whisper of accessible tannin, this is a high-octane thrill of a wine. Soaring red fruit all over the place. A citrusy and warm finish leaves you huffing and puffing, asking, "What the heck just happened?". This is a big, intense, and powerful wine, and one that's unbelievable for the price.

Staff Image By: Brian Allie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2016 | Send Email
Wow - talk about bang for your buck! This incredible old vine wine starts with a vibrant and spicy nose. Flavors of blackberries, cherries and dark chocolate are accentuated by lovely herbal notes. I specifically enjoyed the velvety texture of this wine. Great to drink now or lay down for a few years. Highly recommended - enjoy!

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2016 | Send Email
This is one of the best values out there in the wine world right now, and sure enough it comes from the south of France, on the Cotes Catalanes. It has incredible power and finesse, with loads of very pure, dark fruit like blackberry and boysenberry, with great concentration and powerful structure from the 70-year-old vines. The wonderful purity of fruit and terroir are on full display with notes of cloves, anise, wildflowers and cocoa, followed a long, raspberry-tinged finished. Very delicious, complex and well-priced!
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2016 | Send Email
You know, those pattern-heavy images where you can make out the hidden subject if you relax your eyes? The other night, I found myself staring at a similar pattern: the label of this very aptly named wine from the great Domaine Lafage with its hypnotic colors and flavors. Yes - the "Tessellae" is back, and with it comes its sexy structure of blackberry, fig, licorice, and black pepper. This wine is so approachable that you'll quickly find yourself, like I did, into a second bottle, staring at the label, relaxing both your eyes and your palate in search of what's hidden underneath. The more you allow the flavors to unveil themselves, the more impressive that impression becomes. Much like those eye-puzzles, the Tessellae has tremendous hidden depth.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2016 | Send Email
I'm always excited when Jean Marc Lafage's wines arrive. Each one on its face is a home run. From the Novellum Chardonnay to the Miraflors Rosé to last year's Carignan VV, each wine represents the pinnacle of value that the south of France has to offer. Based in the Roussillon, the quality of Jean Marc's wines has elevated our expectations of what this region is and what passes for great value in the wine world. The 2014 "Tessellae" Carignan is all old vine fruit. It has rich black raspberry notes with hints of garrigue and hibiscus on the nose. Layers of spiced plum on the palate and oolong tea rounds out the finish. Not "over the top" per se but generous and open. Some nuance and a long lingering finish means, once again Jean Marc Lafage knocks it out of the park!

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2016 | Send Email
This is the $10-$15 red that you drink cases of each winter and ends up being your favorite wine of the season. After reading the reviews, I thought this vintage of Tessallae would be too over the top for me, but the fruit is incredibly balanced and restrained compared to what I expected. There's a lovely plushness to the red berries and the acidity helps preserve that union of fruit and refreshment. Carignan isn't a grape most drinkers are familiar with, but if you like standard Cotes du Rhone wines or French bistro-style drinkers, this is a can't miss bottle. You buy this by the case.

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