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Domaine Lafage Cotes Catalanes Nicolas 2015
 

$13.99 btl. | $74.00 ½ case ($12.33) reg. $16.99
 

92 points, Wine Advocate

 
“When it comes to quality-to-price ratios, no one does it better than proprietor Jean Marc Lafage. Located just outside of Perpignan, this estate has a wealth of old vines and vineyards to pull from, and the addition of a massive new winery is only going to give them even more control. While it’s easy to write off these value-priced releases as fruit bombs, please taste the wines! They have beautiful purity of fruit, impeccable balance and each release has their own unique character. At the prices, these are no-brainers.” - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

One of the most sought-after winemakers of Europe, Jean-Marc Lafage lends his expertise with Southern European varietals to several top estates in both France and Spain. Many of them have been presented in our offerings over the years because they are some of the most incredible values anywhere - delicious wines at great prices. 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.

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 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 harvest by hand and the winemaking is surprisingly uncomplicated with stainless steel for the fresher whites but mostly concrete tanks for the rest with a small amount of French oak “demi-muids” (600 liter barrels).

This is the new release of the 100% Grenache Cuvee Nicolas. Showing a deep garnet color to the rim, there is an immediate nose of smoky raspberry and blackberry, unsweetened chocolate, spice, earth and mineral. Wowsa! Rich black fruit on the palate, finishing long with good structure and lift. Elegant yet rich and long, this is a superb wine of great character. What a joy to drink. Tastes like more, and tastes like it cost a lot more.

92 points, Wine Advocate:

“Made from 100% Grenache, the 2015 Cotes Catalanes Nicolas comes from granite and schist soils in the Roussillon and is brought up in demi-muids and barrels. This sensational wine is unquestionably one of the best values I've tasted in a long, long time. Blueberries, kirsch, chocolate and garrigue all emerge from this full-bodied, sexy, polished beauty that offers tons of fruit and texture while never seeming over the top or cumbersome. Buy a case, pretend you spent a lot more money than you actually did, and drink this knock-out red over the coming 2-3 years”
 
 

Domaine Lafage Cotes Catalanes Nicolas 2015, France
 

$13.99 btl. | $74.00 ½ case ($12.33) reg. $16.99

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