2014 Domaine Lafage "Tessellae" Côtes du Roussillon Old Vines (Previously $13)

SKU #1333855 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A stunning bargain from Lafage is the 2014 Tessellae Old Vines, a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre, all aged in concrete. Much of it comes from 70-year-old vines planted in limestone and clay soils. A delicious, dense ruby wine with notes of red and black cherries, earth, spice, pepper and a touch of Provençal garrigue. Fresh vibrant acidity is also present, and the wine is uncomplicated, but rich, fleshy and very well balanced. Drink it over the next 2-3 years. 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. (JD)  (7/2015)

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Staff Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/4/2017 | Send Email
Despite the fact that we've seen some killer power-reds coming out of the Roussillon this year, I've also noticed the prices have seemed very un-Roussillon. The Tessellae is the perfect answer. At its price point it has a lot to offer as a table wine: great concentration, spice, and red fruits. It has all the fruit you need without sacrificing acidity, which really anchors the wine. This wine really delivers on big fruit, putting everything else in its price range at a distant second. For those of you who love those big, rich South West France wines--this is an excellent contender for your house red.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Languedoc-Roussillon