Jeb Dunnuck 91
"White peach, orange blossom, and white flower notes emerge from the 2020 Miraflors. It's another clean, balanced, beautiful effort with bright acidity and a clean, dry finish."
Robert Parker 90
"The 2020 IGP Cotes Catalanes Miraflors Rose is a blend of 50% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache Gris and 20% Grenache Noir. Light to medium pink and copper-tinged in the glass, it offers up scents of melon and peach, with hints of strawberry as well. Medium-bodied, it's round and silky in the mouth, showing ample concentration and length on the citrus-tinged finish. With its relatively high proportion of Mourvèdre, it should drink well at least through the first half of 2022."
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 wines—Les Lloses, Mireille and Rieussol—give some idea of the latent potential in the region.
Named after an old estate located in the heart of Domaine Lafage, Mas Miraflors, the Miraflors Ros is from old vines of Grenache Gris and Noir (50), some nearing 80 years old, planted near the Mediterranean. Added to this is Mourvdre (50) that Jean-Marc plant
ed here about 25 years ago. This a direct press ros with the color coming from the skins of the pink Grenache Gris berries and the much darker Mourvdre and Grenache Noir. It is aged in tank for 3 months before bottling.
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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 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.