- It's ready to drink now, winelovers, so dive into this stunning Domaine Lafage Tessellae Old Vines GSM. This beautifully structured wine is ready for pouring now, but still has a few good years left if you want some for later. At this drop-dead value price, we say get both and lots of it! If you can't wait a moment longer, prepare a platter of tender pork loin slices with apricot sauce spiced with cumin and shallots. It will bring out the beautiful spice and subtle floral notes in the wine. The silken texture, intense body, lovely red and black fruit and hint of earthiness give this irresistible french red blend the ability to pair well with meats, charcuterie, lamb and duck in particular, rich stews and even beef stir fry. A classic boeuf Provencal will envelop you in its savory sauce, and highlight everything about this wine from Domaine Lafage. A duck cassoulet is another great choice. If you're entertaining a crowd, roast a leg of lamb with tomato and olives and offer a choice of aoili or fresh mint chutney. It'll bring down the house. While the eating is going on, be sure to have another bottle or two breathing in the wings so that you can offer refills with a room temperature earthy brie cheese afterwards. This is a mosaic you're going to want in your house...
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "Another incredible wine that's shockingly good for the price, the 2013 Tessellae Old Vines checks in as a blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre that was aged all in concrete tank. It offers brilliant notes of black cherries, blueberry, licorice, clove and spring flowers in its medium to full-bodied, gorgeously pure profile. Showing more and more finesse and elegance with time in the glass, as well as classic Roussillon minerality on the finish, it has loads of fruit and texture yet is never heavy, cumbersome or cloying. It's hard to believe you can get this quality for the price, but the consumer is the big winner here. Enjoy this rock star effort over the coming 4-5 years (2015-2020), although I wouldn't be surprised to see it evolve for longer.
Most of these wines are custom cuvees made for importer Eric Solomon. All of these are incredible values and should not be missed!" Oct 2014
Winery: "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.
“Tessellae” is the word for “mosaic” in Latin."
Varietal: 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre
Aging: 12 months in concrete tanks
Region: Cotes du Roussillon, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Production (dozen bottles)
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