There’s no question that southern France produces world-class blends of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre, although those hailing from the the Rhone valley tend to garner all of the attention. Located in southwestern France, the Cotes du Rousillon appellation produces slightly lighter, spicier, more fruity blends which benefit from Mediterranean influence and abundant sunshine. These wines are similar in style to Spanish wines such as those from Rioja, due to similar climate and cultural influence from neighboring Spain. These wines are known for their unique style and tremendous value. The 2013 Tessellae GSM from Domaine Lafage is a shining example of this region, medium bodied with bright fruit, spice and floral notes that open beautifully as the wine breathes.
“It offers brilliant notes of black cherries, blueberry, licorice, clove and spring flowers in its medium to full bodied, gorgeously pure profile. Showing more and more finesse and elegance with time in the glass…”