• Domaine Lafage Nicolas 2016 92

    Domaine Lafage Nicolas 2016

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    92pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    "Drink this terrific value" ~ Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Nicolas is old-vine Grenache, blended from the vineyards around the winery and higher-elevation sites near Aspres and Maury. It's super ripe, loaded with black cherry fruit that comes awfully close to being chocolaty. Half of this rich, full-bodied wine was matured in demi-muids, while the rest stayed in concrete. Drink this terrific value over the next few years. Drink date: 2018 - 2021." Apr 2018

    Winery: "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. Benefiting from a warm, dry climate, the estate is farmed organically. They grow primarily Grenache (Blanc, Gris & Noir), Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Marsanne, Roussanne and Chardonnay with a significant proportion of the vines well over 50 years old. The soil, as you near the coast is weathered, alluvial gravel while in the higher elevation sites it is predominantly schist. They harvest by hand and the winemaking is surprisingly uncomplicated with stainlesss steel for the fresher whites but mostly concrete tanks for the rest with a small amount of French oak demi-muids.

    Cuvée Nicolas is named after Jean-Marc and Eliane’s son and comes from Grenache grown in the schist soils of the foothills of the Pyrenees in Aspres. These low yielding vines (19hl/ha) are around 65 years old and are planted on terraces with southern and southeastern exposure."

    Varietal Grenache (old vines)
    Aging 10 months in neutral French oak barrel                                       
    Region Roussillon, France