2014 Domaine Lafage "Narassa Lieu Dit" Côtes-du-Roussillon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From one of the warmest sites in France, the 2014 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Lieu Dit La Narassa comes from 70-year-old vines planted in the black schist soils of Maury. Despite the rugged, hot terroir from where this beauty comes, the wine is pure silk and elegant, with lots of black raspberry, chocolate covered currants, pepper and olive notes giving way to a full-bodied 2014; it has polished tannin and a seamless texture. (JD)
Proprietors Jean-Marc and Eliane Lafage have become synonymous with quality and value from the Roussillon. They continue to create tremendous cuvees that offer some of the best QPR regardless of region or country. The Narassa is a new project from a single lieu dit, or vineyard site, that is planted with Grenache and Syrah. Planted on black schist, one of the region's most desirable soil types, the wine has all the classic notes of black fruit and intense minerality. The wine is hand-harvested, undergoes a cold soak before fermentation and spends its time in a mix of concrete tanks (80%) and wood barrels (20%). It is rich, inviting and full of great regional character, much like the Lafages.