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2016 Domaine Lafage "Fundacio" Côtes du Roussillon Villages

SKU #1404490 96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark One of the finest wines I’ve tasted from the estate is unquestionably the 2016 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Fundacio, which is 60% Syrah from Maury with the balance Mourvèdre and Grenache, vinified and aged in small barrels. Full-bodied, incredibly pure, elegant, and silky, it boasts awesome notes of crème de cassis, black olives, leafy herbs, and subtle gamey, salty nuances. It’s a rich, powerful wine yet just glides over the palate with no sensation of weight or heaviness, sweet tannins, and a great finish. It should keep for a decade. Inner quote mark (11/2018)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark 70% Syrah from the granite and gneiss soils of Lesquerde, 30% Grenache on marl and black and grey schist in Tautavel, Maury and Latour de France. One-third is whole-bunch fermented. Aged 20 months in 1-year-old barrels. Very dark crimson. Intense and richly fruited and spiced on the nose, packed with dark fruit and black peppery spice but with an invinting dusty/stony overlay. Although there is lots of oak and fruit sweetness here, it is the texture that is really notable: very smooth and polished and with a dark, dry finesse and it is not as sweetly fruited on the palate as I expected from the aroma. Rich in fruit but it has a real sense of place in the dry heat of Roussillon's great vineyards. Long and spicy on the finish and with that lovely dry quality that helps to obscure/balance the alcohol. The freshness comes more from the texture and the dry tannins than from the acidity, which I guess is quite moderate. Suprisingly juicy on the finish. Lovely wine, elegant despite its intensity. 17.5/20 points (JH) Inner quote mark (12/2018)

K&L Notes

Made from some of Jean-Marc Lafage's favorite terroirs in the Roussillon, these top plots are located in the villages of Tautavel, Maury and Latour-de-France. A blend of Syrah, with a bit of Grenache (and in this vintage a hint of Mourvedre), it is aged in second-fill oak barrels for 20 months before bottling. Think of this as the Bastide Miraflors' older sexier and more mature cousin. It is a long. complex wine with a lot of future potential.

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/18/2019 | Send Email
This has a lovely combination of big rich fruit and more subtle savory aspects. The nose has ripe, powerful fruit and dried flowers, it's explosive and inviting. The palate delivers on that promise of big saturated fruit but also gives some nice earthy / stony qualities from the granitic soils of the region. Full bodied but well balanced and not sweet. This is classic Lafage wine making - pedal to the metal but always maintaining complete control.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/17/2019 | Send Email
This newest offering from Jean-Marc Lafage really demonstrates the deft abilities of one of our favorite winemakers. Known for his exceptional values, like the Bastide Miraflors and Tessellae, the Fundacio ratchets the intensity and profile up by several degrees. Flavors of currant jam, creosote and potpourri are just the beginning. This fleshy, full-bodied wine swings back-and-forth between sweet spices, black fruit, and meaty, savory tones. The finish is long. The profile reminds me of a hypothetical Cornas meets Chateauneuf in its character. Yet another benchmark wine from one of our favorite producers that is sure to offer great pleasure for years to come.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/16/2019 | Send Email
The nose is full of intrigue, a combination of savory, salty, spicy but not the overtly fruity character I had been expecting. On the palate the wine is broad, richly textured and the flavor spectrum shows a bit more ripe fruit, but a bit is the highlight there this is a savory wine. Lots of black pepper, green olive and savory herbs end up in the finish that are framed by elegant tannins. A very good wine that I would love to drink.

By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/11/2019 | Send Email
For those of you who are familiar with the Lafage Bastide Miraflors and like it, this Fundacio will probably check all the boxes if you're looking for something bigger and more complex. Great body and acidity with meaty tannins and big succulent fruit. This wine has ageing potential but also will be a great companion for your BBQ needs.

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