In the nose floral, fresh orchard peaches and citrus. Did not pass through malolactic and the property always searches for freshness and expressive aromas in the blends.
Domaine Lafage Cotes du Roussillon Cuvee Centenaire 2016
Domaine Lafage Cotes du Roussillon Cuvee Centenaire 2016: This amazing white wine receives its name from the 100 year-old vines of Grenache Blanc and Gris. It blends these ancient grapes with up to 20% younger vine Roussanne. Centenaire combines both minerality with white fruit notes. For those who prefer a glass of white with their turkey breast, this is not one to miss.
Especially in the beginning it is intense, fresh and mineral with flavors of peach and citrus fruits and a slight taste of spices. Silky and pure, this massively over-delivering white is going to render its quality better if you pour it to breath in a decanter at least one hour prior to serve it. Keep as cold as possible while opened. A pleasant result is obtained by blended grapes leaving a texture of medium body, with soft and fresh flashes.
This is the ideal white wine for the coming Thanksgiving holidays, serving it with turkey; should match well with roast turkey or fowl served simply with sweet roasted vegetables and corn. Pairs nicely with fish with sauce, poultry with cream sauce, bouillabaisse. Grenache Blanc particularly well suited with richly spiced dishes, whether they be of Moroccan, Spanish, Indian or Asian origin. Just remember not to go too spicy!
Robert Parker: 90 points
Wine Enthusiast: 90 points
Cuvée Centenaire takes its name from the 100 year-old vines of Grenache Blanc and Gris Jean-Marc Lafage farms just a few kilometers from the Mediterranean on gravelly clay soils. One of the greatest white wine values in our portfolio, the final wine blends these ancient grapes with up to 20% younger vine Roussanne. To make a wine that is both rich and balanced the grapes are harvested in two passes, the first when they just reach ripeness and are still high in acidity and a second pass when the grapes are fully ripe with rich fruit flavors. The wine is then aged in a combination of tank and new French oak barrels.
Grenache blanc, also known as Garnacha Blanca in Spain, the grape is famous in the Pirenees and also extends its favoritism to the Rhone region. Its wines are characterized by high alcohol and low acidity, with citrus and or herbaceous notes.
A natural mutation of Grenache Noir, Grenache Gris is a relatively rare variety but one that turns up most frequently in the vineyards of the Languedoc and Roussillon. Prone to fresh acidity in even the warmest sites, on schist, Grenache Gris is powerfully mineral and brightly flavored with notes of citrus peel and white pit fruits.
Roussane produces wines of great elegance, stylish and complex, developing distinctive floral notes (honeysuckle, iris). This grape is from the Rhône Valley region of France; it is thought to have originated in the middle Rhône and Isere valleys. Roussanne is a late ripening variety that produces powerful white wines that offer pungent perfume featuring scents of fresh flowers, peaches, herbs, pears, spice, roasted nuts and hints of pepper. Wines produced from Roussanne are quite rich and can even develop a silky, exotic, oily texture. Roussanne is perfect for many wine and food matches as the grape produces good, food friendly wines. Of course this helps to make numerous wine and food matches.