Domaine Lafage 2016 Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes
80% Syrah and 20% Grenache | Alc: 15% – Big and Bold
Cotes Catalanes, Languedoc Roussillon, France
Lafage 2016 Bastide Miraflors pair wonderfully with beef, roast pork, tomato based, pepper, mushrooms or earthy sauces; Bleu d’Auvergne, Camembert, Chevrotin des Aravis, Fourme d’Ambert or Reblochon cheese.
Jean-Marc and Eliane Lafage farm 160 hectares of vines located just south of the capital of French Catalonia, Perpignan. Some of their vineyards are situated a few kilometers from the Mediterranean while others can be found in the foothills of the Pyrenees. This range of sites allow them to make both refreshing whites as well as concentrated reds and, this being the Roussillon, some fortified wines as well.
“A wine that almost always over-delivers, the 2016 Côtes du Roussillon Bastide Miraflors is, I suspect, the finest vintage for this cuvée to date (it’s in the same league as the off-the-charts 2015). A blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache from Lesquerde and Saint Martin de Fenouillet (both in the northern part of the Roussillon), aged all in older barrels and concrete tanks, it boasts rockstar notes of ripe blackberry fruits, spice, dried garrigue, and hints of chocolate. Possessing a full-bodied, layered mouthfeel, sweet tannins, and sensational purity, it’s another one of those values that almost seems too good to be true. Drink it any time over the coming 3-4 years” 94 Pts – Jeb Dunnuck
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