Domaine LaFage Cotes du Roussillon Villages Lieu Dit La Narassa 2017
|Region||France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Cotes Catalanes|
Almost too good to be true, the 2017 Narassa is based on 82% Grenache and 18% Syrah, with the Grenache coming from the black slate soils of Maury and the Syrah from the higher elevation, sandy, granitic soils of Saint Martin de Fenouillet. Brought up all in used barrels, this full-bodied, deep, meaty Syrah reminds me a top California GSM blend and has a rocking nose of white pepper, black olives, cedarwood, and ample black fruits. At this quality, they could charge three to four times the price. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years.
An 80-20 blend of Grenache and Syrah, the 2017 IGP Cotes Catalanes Narassa is another Lafage wine that goes into demi-muids (15% new) for its élevage. It's lifted and floral, with ripe black cherry flavors and a fair whack of vanilla, but there are also sweet cola-like notes. It's full-bodied and plush yet finishes a bit quickly. Keep the borderline sweetness in mind when selecting it to serve alongside food.