2017 Domaine Lafage "Cuvée Centenaire" Côtes du Roussillon Blanc

SKU #1412750 92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 I loved the 2017 Côtes du Roussillon Centenaire from Jean-Marc. This smoking good white is 80% Grenache Blanc (and Grenache Gris) and 20% Roussanne brought up in 30% new barrels. It comes from older vines planted next to the Mediterranean and offers lots of tart citrus, mint, white grapefruit, and ample salty minerality. It’s fresh, crisp, and undeniably delicious. I’m sure it will evolve well, but there’s no need to delay gratification.  (11/2018)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Centenaire Blanc includes 20% non-centenary Roussanne, but the balance is Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris. It's medium to full-bodied, with ripe guava and melon notes and a velvety-textured mid-palate underscored by a crisp, lime-zest-driven finish. (JC)  (4/2018)

K&L Notes

From the importer: 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.

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/7/2019 | Send Email
This is a great alternative to the ABC crowd when you don't want a Sauvignon Blanc, or really anyone who wants an interesting easy to drink white. It is medium-bodied, round but not heavy, crisp but not tart, floral but not perfumed. This wine lives in that delicious middle ground where it goes with just about everything.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/5/2019 | Send Email
I write a lot about the success stories of Jean Marc Lafage and how much we love the wines. From his pleasing Novellum Chardonnay to the sexy Evodia Grenache and finally the absolutely crushing Bastide Miraflors, there is nary a misstep in his portfolio. And of course, this is no misstep. The Cuvee Centenaire is a straight up gorgeous white that speaks of Roussillon but also evokes some of the best whites coming from the southern Rhone. A mix of Grenaches Blanc and Gris with a touch of Roussanne, this sends voluminous aromas of peach, melon, honeycomb and citrus peel across the palate. A quick run through a small amount of barrique, lends texture to the wine that adds a light brulee finish. There is many a Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc that wishes it was this sexy and this is available at just a fraction of those prices.

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/5/2019 | Send Email
Yet another stunning triumph from Domaine Lafage, the Centenaire is a marvelous cuvee of organically grown, 100+ year old Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris blended with younger Roussanne vines. Aromas of stone fruits, creme brulee and honeydew benefit from the subtle integration of new oak, adding an engaging spice component to the complex flavors. Full-bodied, robust and delicious, finishing with good acidity, this exuberant white wine will pair well with baked halibut or chicken skewers. And priced to sell by the case!

By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/5/2019 | Send Email
Here is a wonderfully refreshing white! Based off of old vine Grenache blanc, Grenache Gris and Roussanne that packs a wonderful flavor punch! Being a tad floral this wine also has wonderful bright citrus aromas, lemon-lime or Key Lime pie if you pick up on it's creamy texture. This wine is vibrant and will be a perfect guest to your summer patio parties next to the BBQ chicken and cheese plate!

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/5/2019 | Send Email
There is something that is undeniably wonderful about the wines of Lafage. Easy to drink, outright delicious, and quality that blows away everything in its price point away. Take the 2017 Centenaire for instance: lovely aromatics of melon, stone fruit and mild citrus tones--the palate is full with big fruit and nimble acidity that keeps you coming back to the glass again and again. Every little corner and detail of this wine is reigned in and perfected. This is an effortlessly joyful glass of wine.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/4/2019 | Send Email
Year after year Domaine Lafage is a top seller for us and it's easy to understand why. The wines deliver real class and quality at super inexpensive price points. The wines are dependably delicious and don't break the bank. In this cuvée the old vine Grenache Blanc / Gris gives wonderfully pure fruit and deep rooted minerality. Some phenolic structure and density from the Roussanne completes the wine. Lovely weight and richness but a fine acid line and brightness to boot. Hard to beat at this price.

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