Domaine LaFage Cotes Catalanes Narassa 2020 750ml - SPIRITED Wines
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Domaine LaFage Cotes Catalanes Narassa 2020 750ml
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Domaine LaFage Cotes Catalanes Narassa 2020

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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.
Wine Advocate
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A blend of Grenache and Syrah, generally in about a 4:1 ratio, the 2020 IGP Cotes Catalanes Narassa features appealing, complex aromas of violets and plummy fruit, reminiscent of blackberries and blueberries. Picked as two separate harvests-one in September and one in November-and then blended, this is full-bodied, richly concentrated and fleshy, with a velvety finish that shows a touch of warmth. It's winter-weight wine, for sure.

Joe Czerwinski, March 31, 2023
Wine Spectator
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A hedonistic, robust style, with a cascade of blackberry and cassis lined with spices, dusty earth and lashings of sweet vanilla and oak. This is stitched together by soft tannins as it glides through the smoke-tinged finish. Harmonious and mouthfilling. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now.

Kristen Bieler, October 15, 2023

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