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WA93: A Must-Have, Sub-$12 Red from the Master Jean-Marc Larfage - 02/07/2018 - French Regional Wines

Domaine Lafage continues to deliver one smashing success after another. Take for example, the utterly brilliant 2015 "Tessellae - Old Vines GSM.” Earning 93-points and a glowing review from Jeb Dunnuck, this blockbuster red is about as charming as they come and, what’s more, it’s tailor made to appeal to a very wide audience. Amazingly, this 2015 red can be had for the shockingly low price of $11.99. You combine all this and you have what will undoubtedly be one of the top values of 2018. What continues to strike us about Lafage’s impressive stable of wines, is that while they are fruit-driven, they are not fruit-bombs. With ample structure and acidity, they are lifted and expressive, with tons of a ancillary notes to complement their solid core of fruit. The 2015 "Tessellae - Old Vines GSM" is no exception and counts among our favorites from this delightful bottling. From the first sip to the last, this tantalizing red is brimming with pure drinking pleasure. Given its super sharp price, it is an ideal candidate to pick up by the case. Our allocation of Lafage’s Bastide Miraflors so like crazy and the waitlist build by the day and we expect much the same here. If you are on the hunt for a go-to everyday red, this 2015 should make its way to the top of your list.

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2015 Domaine Lafage "Tessellae - Old Vines GSM" Côtes du Roussillon ($11.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An incredible value from Jean-Marc Lafage is the 2015 Tessellae Old Vines Grenache Syrah Mourvedre, which is 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre from 70-year-old vines and brought up all in concrete tank. A ripe, expansive, full-bodied and undeniably sexy red that has beautiful notes of kirsch liqueur, blueberries, pepper and violets, it has ripe and present tannin, straight up fabulous purity and a great finish. This is another one of those wines where you just have to tell yourself you spent more than you actually did. The wine really is this good. (JD)" (04/2017)

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 31, 2018

"...my love, it's very late, 'til morning comes let's tessellate." These lyrics by alt-J, an English indie rock band, were probably more about seduction than some nocturnal tiling project, but the words reminded me of just how much this tuneful blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre continues to charm and seduce vintage after vintage. A revelation of ripe raspberries, blueberries and black cherries fills the glass with enticing aromas, and the sumptuous flavors carry over with spice and floral notes on the round, lavish and sweetly rich palate. The only instrument you need to employ to fully enjoy this harmonious wine? A corkscrew......

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 30, 2018

Like all Lafage wines, there is no shortage of fruit in the GSM. The wine has the sensation of warm raspberry coulis drizzled over a berry compote. It almost sounds like a little much but Lafage excels at creating finesse where fruit lingers. Great acidity, plush velvety tannins and glycerol richness lead you to believe this is a much more expensive wine and gives you the balance you desire. The name Jean-Marc Lafage has become synonymous with cost to quality in our stores. Every wine is inflected with his joyously exuberant style. For wines that you can drink every day that show pure pleasure in the glass, you need look no further than Lafage's harmonious Grenache Syrah Mourvedre blend.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 29, 2018

This is my favorite Lafage release to date! The 2015 Tessellae Old Vines GSM has a hauntingly beautiful nose of red cherries, licorice, white pepper and garrigue. On the palate the wine is fresh and lively with great energy and drive. There is copious fruit notes as well as spice with a layered and complex palate. The wine shows excellent integration of its tannins, fruit and alcohol which gives this full-bodied wine a deceptively light on its feet feel.