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Jean-Marc Lafage Côté Est 2010

External Review by Premium Wine & Spirits:

Lafagersquo;s 2008 Cote Est (note the slightly different spelling of the name from previous years) comes from Chardonnay, Marsanne, and old Grenache Blanc vines on cobbled soils near the coast, blended with the fruit of centenarian Grenache Gris vines on Pyrenean schist. The wine is aged in tank on its fine lees and the result is not only irresistibly delicious but truly complex. Orange and lime zest, white pepper, narcissus, fennel, and mint in the nose lead to a juicy, bright palate with musky floral perfume and a shimmering interchange of citrus with wet stone, salt, iodine, and other ineffable mineral elements. This will fascinate and refresh in equal measure as well as fiendishly insinuate itself into your culinary regimen over the next 9ndash;12 months, and could also be held a bit longer without fear.

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The Lafage Estate is expanded over a little more than 200 hectares, including stretches of heath and pine, 138 hectares of which is cultivated for wine-making. The dwelling of the manor is an ancient stone-built farmhouse located next to the vineyard-fringed road between Perpignan, the former capital of the Kings of Majorca, and the Mediterranean seashore. Hugging the 80 hectares of marine-lan... Read more
The Lafage Estate is expanded over a little more than 200 hectares, including stretches of heath and pine, 138 hectares of which is cultivated for wine-making. The dwelling of the manor is an ancient stone-built farmhouse located next to the vineyard-fringed road between Perpignan, the former capital of the Kings of Majorca, and the Mediterranean seashore. Hugging the 80 hectares of marine-land, where the now archaeological site of Villarnau was once a mediaeval village, the vineyards of the Lafage Estate dominate the surrounding grapevine. It provides spectacular views of the Albères, an extension of the Pyrenees mountain range, which forms a natural border between France and Spain before plunging into the blue of the Mediterranean. At the entrance of the Estate, a boutique offers wine-tasting and colourful commentaries to wine-lovers passing by. Read less

External Reviews for Jean-Marc Lafage Côté Est

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Lafagersquo;s 2008 Cote Est (note the slightly different spelling of the name from previous years) comes from Chardonnay, Marsanne, and old Grenache Blanc vines on cobbled soils near the coast, blended with the fruit of centenarian Grenache Gris vines on Pyrenean schist. The wine is aged in tank on its fine lees and the result is not only irresistibly delicious but truly complex. Orange and lime zest, white pepper, narcissus, fennel, and mint in the nose lead to a juicy, bright palate with musky floral perfume and a shimmering interchange of citrus with wet stone, salt, iodine, and other ineffable mineral elements. This will fascinate and refresh in equal measure as well as fiendishly insinuate itself into your culinary regimen over the next 9ndash;12 months, and could also be held a bit longer without fear.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The Lafage 2010 Candocirc;tandeacute; Est andmdash; comprising, as usual, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Chardonnay, and a bit of Marsanne andmdash; is delightfully scented with honeysuckle and iris, and its palate combination of juicy lime with the bite of cress, tangerine rind, and persistent inner-mouth florality put me in mind of some top-notch, lighter Gruner Veltliner. In fact, this harbors 13% alcohol yet finishes with a striking sense of levity, not to mention combining subtle but alluring textural enrichment via the lees with refreshing vivacity and intriguing, mouthwatering hints of iodine and salt. Look for it to prove phenomenally versatile over the next 12andndash;18 months. As explained in issue 183, this blend is assembled as juice (not as wine) following a 12andndash;15 day super-cold but gentle settling period for each variety and lot andmdash; just one of the many examples of wholly unorthodox Lafage methods resulting in something extraordinary, here above all in terms of uncanny balance as well as improbable price-quality rapport.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
10/17/2011

An exceptional quality white wine produced in southern France's Roussillon region, chosen and imported by Eric Solomon, an importer who chooses "top-notch wines" from small producers. This is a fresh white with an aromatic nose that hints at the small amount of the Muscat grape in the blend. Grenache Blanc and Chardonnay make up the majority and create a full-flavored yet soft wine that is a perfect summer accompaniment to fish or light pasta courses.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
10/17/2011

Lafage's 2008 Cote Est (note the slightly different spelling of the name from previous years) comes from Chardonnay, Marsanne, and old Grenache Blanc vines on cobbled soils near the coast, blended with the fruit of centenarian Grenache Gris vines on Pyrenean schist. The wine is aged in tank on its fine lees and the result is not only irresistibly delicious but truly complex. Orange and lime zest, white pepper, narcissus, fennel, and mint in the nose lead to a juicy, bright palate with musky floral perfume and a shimmering interchange of citrus with wet stone, salt, iodine, and other ineffable mineral elements. This will fascinate and refresh in equal measure as well as fiendishly insinuate itself into your culinary regimen over the next 9-12 months, and could also be held a bit longer without fear.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
10/17/2011

If the Lafage-Solomon performance of Novellum seems incredible, their 2007 Côte d'Est - a blend very different from last year's, with Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, and Chardonnay as well as a small amount of Marsanne - strains credibility even further. Pungently redolent of toasted grain, citrus oil, pineapple, almond extract, and narcissus, it is rich and honeyed on the palate, with persistently wafting floral notes and pungent counterpoint but no bitterness. It finishes with haunting smokiness and honeyed length as well as a generous measure of sheer refreshment. Enjoy it over the coming year.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
10/17/2011

The Lafage 2007 Cote d'Est (already reviewed in issue 178) is from Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Chardonnay, and a bit of Marsanne, some grown near the ocean, some at high elevation near the Spanish frontier. Surprisingly, the blend is assembled as juice (not as wine) following a 12-15 day super-cold settling period for each variety and lot. Pungently redolent of toasted grain, citrus oil, pineapple, almond extract, and narcissus, rich and honeyed on the palate, with persistently wafting floral notes and pungent counterpoint but no bitterness, this finishes with haunting smokiness and honeyed length as well as a generous measure of sheer refreshment. Enjoy it until you can get hold of the 2008 (which I shall in time to review in our August issue).


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

If the Lafage-Solomon performance of Novellum seems incredible, their 2007 Cocirc;te drsquo;Est mdash; a blend very different from last yearrsquo;s, with Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, and Chardonnay as well as a small amount of Marsanne mdash; strains credibility even further. Pungently redolent of toasted grain, citrus oil, pineapple, almond extract, and narcissus, it is rich and honeyed on the palate, with persistently wafting floral notes and pungent counterpoint but no bitterness. It finishes with haunting smokiness and honeyed length as well as a generous measure of sheer refreshment. Enjoy it over the coming year.


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