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Date Printed: 8/27/2014
Domaine Lafage Vin du Pays Cote d'Est 2010
Domaine Lafage Vin du Pays Cote d'Est 2010
(search item no. 113232)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $12.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Grenache Blanc, which makes up the bulk of this bottling, comes from vines over 80 years old. The blend delivers fresh aromas with bright fruit. The Cote Est vines are located on the eastern side of the hill exposing the grapes to more sunlight in the morning with cooler temperatures in the afternoon, which is ideal for producing such a fresh wine.

Blend: 60% Grenache Blanc, 30% Chardonnay, and 10% Marsanne

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About Domaine Lafage:

Although only in his thirties, Jean-Marc Lafage already has almost 15 years of worldclass winemaking behind him. One of the most sought-after winemakers of Europe at the moment, Jean-Marc lends his expertise with Southern European varietals to several top estates in both France and Spain (he makes Las Rocas Garnacha with Eric Solomon) and also in South America. However, his best work is perhaps at home at his estate in the hills of the Roussillon with his wife, also an accomplished winemaker.

As the varietals come from different parcels all around the Eastern and Central Roussillon, they are always vinified separately, and then blended before bottling. The whites never pass through malolactic and the property always searches for freshness and expressive aromas in the blends. The reds can often show off a mineral component as Jean-Marc does not favor heavy extraction. Yields are amazingly low for wines at this price level. The wines are bottled unfiltered.