R oger carries a brand of wine from France which can boast 9 different 90 points or better wines they produce.
He says “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 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.”
He continues “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. I’m impressed with the Roussillon collection of Jean-Marc Lafage & I beleive you will be too.”
They tasted this weekend the following:
90 point Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut Chanmpagne NV, 45% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 25 % Pinot Meunier from Champagne France: $54.99
90 point Domaine Lafage Vin du Pays Cote d’Est 2016 a white blend of 50% Grenache Blanc, 30% Chardonnay from Languedoc-Roussillon, France: $15.99
94 Points Lafage Lieu Dit La Narassa 2015, Red Wine fromCotes Du Roussillon, Languedoc Roussillon, France; 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah: $19.99
93 points Domaine Lafage Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes 2015, aRed Wine from France: $16.99
92 Points Domaine Lafage Tessellae Old Vines Carignan 2015, Old Vine Carignan from Languedoc-Roussillon, France: $16.99
94 Points Domaine Lafage 2016 Tessellae Old Vine Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre Côtes du Roussillon, France: $16.99
Where: Vineyard Wine Market , 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463
When: Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, 5-7 PM and Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, 5-7 PM.