Lafage Tessellae Grenache Syrah Mourvedre 2018

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Tasting Notes

This wine is complex and wintry: notes of dark berries, black currants, clove, mulling spices, coffee and warm earth. It is medium-plus in body with integrated tannins and medium acidity.


A joint venture between Eric Solomon and Jean-Marc Lafage, this wine is made from grapes that are grown in organic vineyards made up of black schist and clay-limestone soil that Jean-Marc Lafage farms in Maury. Maury is located in the south of France, near the Spanish boarder. Squeezed between the far southern edge of the limestone Corbières Massif to the north and the granitic Pyrenees Mountains in the south, the Roussillon is an undulating terrain of complex soil types. The limestone and schist soils make for wines that are age-worthy, with remarkable poise because of a combination of low pH and high minerality in the soil. 

While Jean-Marc’s family has been growing grapes and making wine in the Roussillon since 1791, it was his journey to make a wide range of dry wines at very affordable prices that established his style. While his grandfather and father made wine for the family, Jean-Marc was the first to break away from selling most of his grapes to the local cooperative. Over the generations, his family had amassed scattered vineyards throughout the region, which now totals over 160 hectares of vines, most of them in excess of 50 years in age.

The grapes are harvested by hand, fermented for a month after a short pre-fermentation maceration, and aged entirely in concrete tanks.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Chicken/Turkey, Duck, Ham, Hearty stew, Mushrooms, Pork, Roasted Root Vegetables, Wild Game

France , Roussillon
Grape Varietal:
40% Syrah/Shiraz, 40% Grenache/Garnacha, 20% Monastrell/Mourvedre
$17.00 each