Lafage Cotes du Roussillon Authentique 209


Estimated delivery between June 27 and June 29.

This ripe and richly flavoured French red packs a powerful punch thanks to clever blending of three late ripening red grapes; 50% Carignan , 40% Syrah and 10% Grenache. 

Winemakers 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 allows them to make refreshing whites, 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 portion of the vines well over 50 years old. Soils tend to be weathered with alluvial gravel the closer it is to the coast, while it is predominately schist in the higher elevation sites. 

Grapes are harvested by hand and the winemaking is surprisingly uncomplicated: stainless steel for the fresher whites, but mostly concrete tanks for the rest with a small amount of French oak demi-muids.