Cotes Catalanes, Roussillon, France
Jeb Dunnuck 91 points!
Lafage Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes is a beautiful dry rosé of Mourvedre and old-vines Grenache Gris from the Roussillon wine region of southwestern France. The wine's official appellation is Cotes Catalanes IGP. Deep in this Catalan region of southwestern France, Domaine Lafage blends juicy, aromatic wines that deliver the rare combination of distinctiveness and affordability. Although only in his thirties, Jean-Marc Lafage already has over 15 years of world-class winemaking to his credit. The Lafage Estate covers 200 hectares near Perpignan, with spectacular views of the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees separating France and Spain. Named after an old estate located in the heart of Domaine Lafage, Mas Miraflors, the Miraflors Rosé is sourced from old vines of Grenache Gris and Noir, some nearing 80 years old, planted near the Mediterranean. Added to this is some Mourvedre that Jean-Marc planted here about 15 years ago. This a direct press rosé with the color coming from the skins of the pink Grenache Gris berries, and naturally, from the much darker Mourvedre and Grenache Noir. It is aged in tank for 4 months before bottling.
Jeb Dunnuck described the 2018 vintage in glowing terms: "Light pink-colored, the 2018 Miraflors Rosé is another great vintage for this cuvée. It has beautiful white peach, orange zest, and salty sea breeze aromas and flavors in its vibrant, crisp profile. It's as pure and vibrant as it gets, a classic, Provençal-style beauty to drink over the coming summer months."-Jeb Dunnuck, 91 points!
Enjoy Lafage Miraflors Rosé over the next 3-4 years with grilled snapper, cassoulet, roast chicken, salads, and goat cheese.