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2011 - Saint Roch Chimeres Cotes Du Roussillon
Sub Region Cotes du Roussillon
Varietal(s) Syrah / Shiraz, Grenache / Garnacha, Carignan / Carinena
library code: 73514
From the Critics:
- "A joint venture between Jean-Marc Lafage and Importer Eric Solomon, the 2011 Chateau Saint-Roch Cotes du Roussillon Villages Chimeres comes from 100-105 year old vines and is a mix of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Carignan that spent 8 to 12 months in a combination of 500-Liter barrels and concrete vats. A deep, fleshy, and rich effort, it has copious black fruits, melted licorice, distilled herbs, and chocolate like aromas and flavors that flow to a full-bodied, impressively pure 2011 that has layers of fruit, solid mid-palate depth, and a chewy, rich finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. Turning more elegant and red fruit driven with air, this knockout effort is already approachable and delicious. Enjoy bottles over the coming 4-6 years, possibly longer." (03/13) -
- "The Lafage 2011 Cotes du Roussillon Chimeres - a blend, as usual, of Grenache and Syrah with a bit of Carignan - is pungently redolent of marjoram, fennel and sage; cherry and red raspberry; black pepper and crushed stone. Hints of vanilla, caramel, and brown spices from the exposure to new 500 liter barrels during fermentation and the long cold-soak that precedes it (techniques common to most of Lafage-s reds insofar as they aren-t tank-raised) are nicely restrained and integrated. Palpably dense and satin-textured, this develops a marvelously mouthwatering savor of salted roasted meat pan-scrapings en route to a finish of impressive length. Plan to enjoy such an amazing value through at least 2017."
"For the most recent vintages I have tasted from his Maury estate, Jean-Marc Lafage has tended to extend fermentations a bit longer than before, but to work the cap less - very little in fact - so as to achieve gentler extraction and ultimately more finesse. Toward that end, the admixture of fruit grown in relatively cool Lesquerde and Saint Paul de Fenouillet may well also have proven useful. (The fermentative regiment for some of these wines - as for the more expensive reds under Lafage's own label - involves unorthodoxies detailed in my review below of his 2012 "Mas Cayrol" bottling as well as in various places in this report's and other's accounts of Domaine Lafage wines.)" -