Red

2015 Domaine Lafage Côtes du Roussillon Bastide Miraflors

Syrah Blend

  • France
  • Languedoc Roussillon
  • Roussillon
  • Côtes du Roussillon
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Community Tasting Notes 210

  • ogres3 Likes this wine: 89 points

    July 9, 2019 - Remains a great QPR pounder.

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  • MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 86 points

    July 8, 2019 - The fruit has completely faded from here. Drinks like an entry level Côte Du Rhône now. Paid $12 and that’s pretty much how it drinks.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • BigChalice Likes this wine: 90 points

    June 6, 2019 - Agree with other tasters -- great QPR.

  • slywka7 wrote: 88 points

    June 3, 2019 - Worst showing yet for this wine. Popped it right after I brought it out of the cellar so it was definitely was too cool. Figured it would come around once it warmed up. It didn’t. None of the bright fruit from the initial bottle. Not sure why this is fading so bad.

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  • daveyk39 Likes this wine: 92 points

    May 18, 2019 - 90m air. Medium/Deep Purple color. Very fragrant, with blackberry, red currant, a hint of blueberry, forest floor and potting soil. Very earthy at this stage. Lovely satin texture, medium-full body, edgy, with supple tannins. Dark fruit and earthy, with a fractional spicy lift in the finish. Everything well integrated at this stage, letting this dark and powerful wine really show it's stuff. Thinking this will be at its best for the next 3-5 years, so I will stretch the remaining bottles out over that time.

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  • By Paul Zitarelli
    Full Pull Lidless Eye, 10/24/2018

    (Lafage Bastide Miraflors) Hello friends. This is the fifth-ever offer of what I like to call Sauron wines: wines requiring the full attention of Full Pull’s great lidless eye. Basically, these are outstanding wines with long delays between tasting and availability.

    We haven’t had a Sauron offer since April 2016 (!), so yeah, the lidless eye has mostly been chillin’, keeping an “eye” on things via Palantir and just hanging out in Mordor with the Witch-King of Angmar. You know how it goes. But then earlier this year, the lidless eye stirred:Wine Advocate: Copyrighted material withheld. [Ed note: Sine Qua Non Syrahs will run you about $300/btl.]

    I’ve read *a lot* of Jeb reviews over the years. That’s about as effusive as he gets. And I was right there with him when we tasted this wine on August 2. We were ready to buy every remaining bottle in Seattle and offer this wine immediately. One small problem: there were like 10 cases left in the city. Which was a bummer. But only until I learned that another container was about to leave Marseille bound for Seattle, with an arrival in early November. Cue lidless eye.

    The latest intel from my stevedore connections (how confident are you that I’m joking? don't forget what my last name is…) is that the container will hit the Port of Seattle on November 7, two weeks from today. That ought to give our list members plenty of time to place order requests, and will allow us to advocate as forcefully as we can for as much wine as we can. I’m certain others of my retail and restaurant sistren and bretheren will catch wind of this wine’s arrival (some, I’m sure, are learning about it at this exact moment), but my hope is a smash-and-grab job: to get in and out before anyone realizes we were there.

    Okay, five grafs in and no explanation of the wine yet. Let’s get to it. Maison Lafage is located here, in Peripgnan, capital of French Catalonia. Jean-Marc and Eliane Lafage farm 160 hectares of vines, and the estate vineyards for their red wines are located mostly in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The vineyards look like this. The underlying schist-driven “soil” looks like this. And the winery looks like this.

    This particular cuvée is a joint project between the Lafage family and their American importer, Eric Solomon. It is only available in the United States (lucky for us!). It is a 70/30 blend of Syrah and Grenache, entirely from estate vineyards within the Cotes Catalanes IGP. Average vine age is an eye-popping 55 years. That kind of vine age at a fourteen-dollar tag is usually the provenance of Spanish wines. Then again, this winery is only about 25 miles north of the Spanish border, and Jean-Marc Lafage consults on projects in Spain, so maybe it’s not so crazy after all.

    The Syrah is aged in big old neutral 600L demi-muids; the Grenache in concrete. The finished wine clocks in at 14.5% listed alc and begins with a scintillating nose containing savory notes aplenty – black olive tapenade, demi-glace, star anise – over a core of expressive blackberry fruit. This is yet another textural marvel courtesy of the incredible 2015 vintage in Europe. It’s a palate-stainer through and through, fanning out and saturating the mouth with its charming succulence. As we enter braising season, I’m hard pressed to think of a more attractive red. At this tariff, you can pour half the bottle into the pot and class up the joint for your short ribs.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2015
  • Type Red
  • Producer Domaine Lafage
  • Varietal Syrah Blend
  • Designation Bastide Miraflors
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Languedoc Roussillon
  • SubRegion Roussillon
  • Appellation Côtes du Roussillon
  • UPC Codes 3760031472913, 471799222322

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 51 (1%)
  • In Cellars 4,081 (51%)
  • Consumed 3,874 (48%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Beef, hanger steak with potato pancakes and spinach, Hard Cheese, Lamb, Leftover, Pasta, Veal, Venison

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