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Tessellae Carignan

Domaine Lafage

Tessellae Carignan Bottle
Appellation
Côtes Catalanes
Variety
Carignan
Age of Vines
70
Farming
Practicing organic
Soil
Black schist, clay limestone
Altitude
200 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, destemmed, cold pre-fermentation maceration, fermented in concrete, 30 day maceration
Aging
4 months in concrete tanks

Overview

Carignan has had a rather tumultuous history in the south of France. Once seen as a necessary grape to spur the region’s recovery 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 Mourvèdre. 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 owns a Carignan vineyard of seventy-year-old vines on the hills between the villages of Maury and Tautavel.

Ratings & Reviews

90-92

2019 Tessellae Carignan

Source: JD

90

2018 Tessellae Carignan

Source: JD

91

2017 Tessellae Carignan

Source: JD

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 / 25-400 meters
  • Portfolio
    Eric Solomon Selections

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