2014 Domaine Lafage "Narassa Lieu Dit" Côtes-du-Roussillon

SKU #1278993 93 points 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)  (4/2016)

K&L Notes

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.

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/13/2016 | Send Email
Jean-Marc and Eliane Lafage have offered us many great wines over the years. From their Bastide Miraflors, to the Tessellae and their Kerbuccio Maurys. They have contracted with or acquired some of the best sites in the entire Roussillon. Their newly acquired La Narassa site is one of their best yet. It is a wine that offers a palate saturated with inky black and blue fruit. This full-bodied wine also offers incredible minerality, reflecting the beautiful black schist on which it is planted. We often compare many of their releases to the great Rhone wines to the east, and make no mistake, this is a dead-ringer for a top-notch Chateauneuf. At $16 a bottle, this is truly one of the great buys this year offering more of what the Lafages do best: high-quality, well-priced wines that drink well now but have the stuffing to last for several more years.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/13/2016 | Send Email
This is my favorite Lafage of their 2014s. While the Bastide Miraflors is elegant and seamless and the Tessellae has the garrigue and rustic quality, this seems to be a copycat Chateauneuf for a small fraction of the price. Seeing the same kind of elevage as top CdP cuvees, this would be fascinating to put in the middle of a blind lineup of the top '14s from down the road in the Southern Rhone. Full throttle but not heavy in any way, Lafage's Narassa is a stunning addition to a catalog of wines that seems to contain one jaw-dropping value after another.

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/12/2016 | Send Email
Heralding from the vast, warm-hearted vineyards of the Roussillon, the Lafage Narassa holds very little back in its cascading array of blackberry, red currant and raspberry fruits, swathed in layers of dark chocolate, coffee and violets with deeply-burnished tannins on the round, expansive finish. A rich, mouthfilling wine to pair with a blue cheese and bacon burger or a fragrant Moroccan stew.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/6/2016 | Send Email
Another amazing value from Lafage!! I don't know how they do it but boy am I glad they do. The 2014 Lafage Narassa Lieu Dit Cotes du Roussillon starts off with a beautiful nose of macerated cherries, spice and fresh cut flowers. The palate shows lovely texture and length with red berry fruit that lingers from the front of the palate and follows all the way to the long, soft finish. Harmonious notes of black licorice and underbrush nicely accent the berry flavors throughout. This may be my favorite Lafage wine to date!
Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2019

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Languedoc-Roussillon

Alcohol Content (%): 15