A lovely visit to Domaine LaFage in Perpignan in the gorgeous Roussillon. Jean-Marc LaFage grew up in a Maury-based winemaking family, but left to make wines all over the world before returning home to replant the vines on his family’s steep plots. He also bought vineyards in nearby regions with specific regard to the terroir. Today Jean-Marc and his wife Eliane Lafage farm 160 hectares of vines located just south of the capital of French Catalonia, Perpignan. Some of their vineyards are situated a few kilometers from the Mediterranean, while others can be found in the foothills of the Pyrenees. This range of sites, with their different soils and climatic conditions, allows them to make refreshing wines. Located in Perpignan, France, the Domaine Lafage Wine brand was set up by Jean-Marc and Eliane Lafage. Their premium wines are made from grapes cultivated across 160 hectares of vineyards located near the Mediterranean Sea and the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. 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 Grenache Gris berries.
Fantastic Rosé! This organic beauty is just about as good as Rosé can get… beautiful bouquet with red liquorice, juicy nectarine and berry aromas. The palate is round, polished, silky and wonderfully balanced between fruity generosity and refreshing, minerally more-ishness. Grab some of this wine for summer while you can. It will sell out! It is another beauty that’s loaded with fresh, crisp, vibrant strawberry and raspberry fruit. Clean, pure, textured and elegant on the palate, with gorgeous purity, it’s a rocking rosé that does everything right.