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Tessellae Carignan

Domaine Lafage

Tessellae Carignan Bottle
Appellation
Côtes Catalanes
Variety
Carignan
Age of Vines
70
Farming
Practicing organic
Soil
Schist
Altitude
275 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, destemmed, cold pre-fermentation maceration, fermented in concrete
Aging
12 months in concrete tanks (80%) and demi-muid (20%)

Overview

Carignan has had a rather tumultuous history in the south of France. Once seen as a necessary grape to spur the recovery of the region after the plague of phylloxera in the late 19th century, primarily for its ability to produce high yields, it has been largely replaced with “nobler” varieties such as Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. This is unfortunate – for as challenging as the variety is to love when the vines are young – they are superb with half a century under their belt. Jean-Marc Lafage luckily resisted the call to uproot and replace this variety, and he possesses Carignan vines well over 70 years old on the schist soils of Aspres and Maury from which he started making the Tessellae Carignan at the urging of Eric Solomon.

Ratings & Reviews

92

2015 Tessellae Carignan

Source: WA

92

2014 Tessellae Carignan

Source: WA

94

2013 Tessellae Carignan

Source: WA

92

2012 Tessellae Carignan

Source: WA

Roussillon, France
  • Location
    Roussillon, France
  • Appellation
    Côtes Catalanes
  • Proprietor
    Jean-Marc & Eliane Lafage
  • Winemaker
    Jean-Marc & Eliane Lafage
  • Size / Elevation
    160 hectares / 50-400 meters
  • Portfolio
    Eric Solomon Selections

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