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Chateau Saint Roch Chimeres 2014 750ML

$68.34 $67.78

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Product Description

After selling out of two Domaine Lafage wines back in January, this amazing French red is back and will likely be one of our top offers of the year!

Jean-Marc Lafage is one of the most talented winemakers in France, and his 2014 Chimeres is a full-throttle blend of Grenache & Syrah sourced from 60+ year old vines in Southern France. Rhone fans will appreciate the typical notes of violets and garrigue, while more modern fans will love the dark fruit notes and richness. We echo the comments from The Wine Advocate. “The wines from Chateau Saint Roch are jaw-dropping good. In addition, they’re ridiculously under-priced given their quality.” Every wine we get from Lafage and Eric Solomon sell out, including our previous offer on the Chateau Saint Roch Chimeres 2014. Don’t miss out on one of the best values from France.

Rating
“Mostly Grenache, yet includes 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. Aged in a combination of concrete tank and demi-muid…has terrific purity in its raspberry, violet, licorice and olive-laced aromas and flavors. Ripe, nicely textured and with bright acidity, drink it over the coming 4-5 years.” The Wine Advocate, 90-92 Points

Wine maker notes
An outstanding value, the beautiful Chateau Saint Roch is situated in the Agly Valley with vineyards planted right under the Cathar Castle of Queribus, 10 miles from the Mediterranean Sea. Recently purchased by Jean Marc Lafage, who immediately installed organic practices into the vineyards. Planted on the rocky schist, clay soils with a limestone base that imparts a unique minerality into the ancient vines of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan. This estate in the Cotes du Roussillon is producing some of the finest value reds in the world today.

Technical notes
Alcohol: 15.0%
The history of French wine, spans a period of at least 2600 years dating to the founding of Massalia in the 6th century BC by Phocaeans with the possibility that viticulture existed much earlier. The Romans did much to spread viticulture across the land they knew as Gaul, encouraging the planting of vines in areas that would become the well known wine regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace, Champagne, Languedoc, Loire Valley and the Rhone.

Over the course of its history, the French wine industry would be influenced and driven by the commercial interests of the lucrative English market and Dutch traders. Prior to the French Revolution, the Catholic Church was one of France’s largest vineyard owners-wielding considerable influence in regions such as Champagne and Burgundy where the concept of terroir first took root. Aided by these external and internal influences, the French wine industry has been the pole bearer for the world wine industry for most of its history with many of its wines considered the benchmark for their particular style. The late 20th and early 21st century brought considerable change—earmarked by a changing global market and competition from other European wine regions such as Italy and Spain as well as emerging New World wine producers such as California, Australia and South America.