2012 Lafage Tessellae Old VinesBlend from France
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WINE: "'Tessellae' is the word for 'mosaic' in Latin. This wine is a blend of 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 15% Mourvedre. The vineyards are located around 490 feet above sea l...
- 90 Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
90 Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2012 Tessellae Old Vines Cotes du Roussillon is a blend of 40% Grenache from 60-year-old vines, 40% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre (both from 20-year-old vines). The fruit was all aged 12 months in 1-year-old concrete tanks. A big, barbecue/smoky brisket-like nose intermixed with kirsch liqueur, lavender and pepper scents jumps from the glass of this complex, mid-weight, savory, mouthfilling red with soft, velvety tannins. This bistro-styled red wine should be enjoyed over the next several years."
"An excellent joint venture between importer Eric Solomon and Jean-Marc Lafage, these three cuvees represent fabulous bargains." (11/13)
"'Tessellae' is the word for 'mosaic' in Latin. This wine is a blend of 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 15% Mourvedre. The vineyards are located around 490 feet above sea level and grown on black slate. The wine is aged for 12 months in concrete tanks." -Importer
"One of the oldest viticultural areas of France, vines in the Roussillon were cultivated by the Romans, and perhaps even before that. With some of the most dramatic topography in France, many of the zones are composed of extremely steep hillsides - resembling the Priorat in Spain in many ways. One of the most sought-after winemakers of Europe at the moment, Jean-Marc Lafage lends his expertise with Southern European varietals to several top estates in both France and Spain (he makes Evodia with Eric Solomon among other custom cuvee projects) and also in South America. However, his best work is perhaps at home at his estate in the hills of the Roussillon with his wife, Eliane, also a highly accomplished winemaker." -Importer
|Sub-Region||Cotes du Roussillon|
90 - Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Varietal(s)||Grenache / Garnacha, Syrah / Shiraz, Mourvedre / Mataro / Monastrell / Garrut|
|Features||Organic and Biodynamic|
|Taste||black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, currant, blueberry, strawberry, violet, oak, smoke, toast and vanilla|
|Nose||vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, spice box, cedar, thyme, clove, cinnamon, black pepper and mint|