2012 Lafage Tessellae Carignan
"'Tessellae' is the word for 'mosaic' in Latin. Produced from low-yielding 70-year-old Carignan vines selected from Maury and Les Aspres vineyards. The vines are located at 820 feet above sea level in schist and black slate soils. This was aged 80% in concrete tanks and 20% in demi-muids." -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 and Novellum with Eric Solomon among other custom cuvee projects). 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