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Narassa

Domaine Lafage

Narassa Bottle
Appellation
Côtes Catalanes
Variety
Grenache, Syrah
Age of Vines
60+
Farming
Practicing organic
Soil
Black schist
Altitude
200-540 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, destemmed, cold pre-fermentation maceration, natural yeast co-fermentation in tank
Aging
12 months in concrete (80%) and French oak demi-muids (20%)

Overview

If it weren’t for a harvesting error a few years ago when a plot of Grenache named Narassa was accidentally missed at harvest, this cuvée would never have been conceived. Despite having reached a level of over-ripeness, Jean-Marc coaxed the fermentation along and discovered that while rich and decadent, the wine also maintained a juicy freshness. Now Narassa is made intentionally in a semi-ripasso style by harvesting Grenache (70%) from Maury in several passes choosing only the ripest clusters, and combining it with Syrah (30%) from their highest vineyard site at 540m, which always ripens late in the season at only 12.5% potential alcohol. Upon arriving at the cellar, the fruit is destemmed and only the best berries are chosen for fermentation after a short pre-fermentation maceration.

 

Ratings & Reviews

93

2018 Narassa

Source: JD

94

2017 Narassa

Source: JD

91

2016 Narassa

Source: WA

91-93

2015 Narassa

Source: WA

93

2014 Narassa

Source: WA

Roussillon, France
  • Location
    Roussillon, France
  • Appellation
    Côtes Catalanes
  • Proprietor
    Jean-Marc & Eliane Lafage
  • Winemaker
    Jean-Marc & Eliane Lafage
  • Size / Elevation
    160 hectares / 25-400 meters
  • Portfolio
    Eric Solomon Selections

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