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2017 Domaine Lafage "Narassa" Côtes-du-Roussillon

SKU #1462212 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Almost too good to be true, the 2017 Narassa is based on 82% Grenache and 18% Syrah, with the Grenache coming from the black slate soils of Maury and the Syrah from the higher elevation, sandy, granitic soils of Saint Martin de Fenouillet. Brought up all in used barrels, this full-bodied, deep, meaty Syrah reminds me a top California GSM blend and has a rocking nose of white pepper, black olives, cedarwood, and ample black fruits. At this quality, they could charge three to four times the price. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

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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Price: $15.99
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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/24/2020 | Send Email
If wines had wings, this extraordinary red from Lafage would surely take flight and soar out the door, especially at this unbelievable price point. Done in an opulently ripe 'ripasso' style, it delivers a warmth of dark, confitured fruits, soft spice and a touch of Roussillon wildness, ballasted by velvety tannins and an ultra-smooth finish. Drink this redolent red wine with a mountain of slow-braised ribs and be thoroughly seduced.
Top Value!

By: Lauren Seward | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/21/2020 | Send Email
New to the French Regional category is this smooth, fuller-bodied red from one of our favorite value producers, Lafage. I have to agree with fellow K&L-er Kaj that this is akin to a quality CDR Villages. It features soft aromatic notes of dark berries, warm spice, and a little bit of an animal/meaty characteristics. The flavor profile is equally elegant, balanced, and silky, and concludes with a delicate acidity and a soft, even finish. This would be a great casual red to have available to serve to guests whose wine preferences you are unaware of, or at a party/social gathering. It is appealing, inexpensive, and easy-drinking.

By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/19/2020 | Send Email
What a smooth, seductive wine. Decadently full-bodied with an abundance of robust dark fruits and spices, this is powerful yet elegant thanks to great acidity and smooth tannic structure. This is a lot of wine for a mere $15.99. Drink now with a good decant and be sure to extend your drinking pleasure by purchasing extra bottles to put away for several years.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2020 | Send Email
“Almost too good to be true…” wrote Jeb Dunnuck when he reviewed this wine. I’d have to agree. Day in and day out it’s wines like this that should occupy the bulk of your wine consumption. This madly inexpensive bottle hails from some of the best and most beautiful vineyard land in southwest France. Reminiscent of a better Cotes-du-Rhone-Village, the wildly sauvage region adds another note of depth and complexity with wild berries and spice house aromatics which lift its perceived pedigree even higher. Easily worth twice the price.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2020 | Send Email
It must be said that Jean-Marc Lafage is maybe the greatest producer of value wines in the world. His use of amazing old-vine sites, clean wine-making style and unerring eye for detail brings some of the highest quality wines to the market making him the King of quality-to-price-ratio! The Narassa is Grenache heavy (with about 20% Syrah) showing a deep black fruit intensity that delivers wave after wave of flavor. Currant jam, violets, tobacco and smoked meats. This succulent wine shows that it is from warm ripe environs of Roussillon. This is a wine to pick up by the case as it will drink beautifully over the next several years. Another tremendous success from the King of QPR!

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