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Domaine Lafage Cote d'Est 2020
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Robert Parker 87
"The tangerine-scented 2020 Ct d'Est Grenache Chardonnay Rolle is 50% Grenache Blanc, 30% Chardonnay and 20% Rolle. Given only a three-month maturation on the lees in stainless steel, it's a plump, medium-bodied and refreshing wine that should be consumed over the next six months or so, after which consumers will want to seek out the 2021, being harvested right around the time you read this.

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This is a white wine
Item ID: #40039
Location at store:95a
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Screw Cap
Alcohol by vol: 12.5%

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Robert Parker 87
"The tangerine-scented 2020 Ct d'Est Grenache Chardonnay Rolle is 50% Grenache Blanc, 30% Chardonnay and 20% Rolle. Given only a three-month maturation on the lees in stainless steel, it's a plump, medium-bodied and refreshing wine that should be consumed over the next six months or so, after which consumers will want to seek out the 2021, being harvested right around the time you read this.

The energetic Jean Marc Lafage and his enologist wife Eliane continue to turn out a bevy of great values from their extensive holdings across Roussillon. The state-of-the-art winery alone puts them on the leading edge of producers in the region, able to turn out pristine, cold-fermented whites and extravagantly made reds using extensive cold macerations and barrel fermentation. While experiments with various individual vineyard parcels have been ongoing, three of those are commercially available, albeit in tiny quantities (50 cases each). These winesLes Lloses, Mireille and Rieussolgive some idea of the latent potential in the region."

Winery Notes
Ct Est, as the name suggests, comes from vineyards planted on the gentle slopes facing the Mediterranean just a few kilometers inland from the sea. Benefiting from the thermal breezes that refresh these vineyards every afternoon in the summer which preserves a high level of natural acidity in the grapes this is a lively blend of old vine Grenache Blanc (50) with Chardonnay (30) and Roussanne (20). Floral and aromatic, it is an excellent example of the open and friendly whites you can find all along the Catalan coast from Perpignan to the Peneds.

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Domaine LafageJean-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 Purenees. 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. The soil is more weathered with alluvial gravel the closer it is to the coast, while it is predominately schist in the higher elevation sites. Domaine Lafage harvests 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.

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John

"Great value. Excellent with food or as an aperitif."

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