Tessellae Old Vines 2017

Original Price $17.99
Current Price $14.97

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92pts Jeb Dunnuck
It's ready to drink now, winelovers, so dive into this stunning Domaine Lafage Tessellae Old Vines GSM. Pour this beautifully structured wine now, but keep in mind that it 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. You're going to want this mosaic in your house...

Jeb Dunnuck: "The GSM of the estate, the 2017 Tessellae Old Vines checks in as 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre brought up mostly in concrete. Blackberries, kirsch, spice, incense, dried flowers, and baking spice notes all flow to a full-bodied, gorgeously textured effort. It's another gem from this team. Drink 2019-2022." Apr 2019

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."

Bottle: 750ml, cork
Varietal: 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre
Aging: 12 months in concrete tanks
Alcohol: ~14.5%
Region: Cotes du Roussillon, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Original Price $17.99
Current Price $14.97

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