Under $12 Deals – A 91 Point French Red for the Ages (RP91, $11.95)

October 14, 2013 Under $12 Deals  One comment

I brought importer Eric Solomon’s  2011 Tessellae Vieilles Vignes Cotes Catalanes to a French restaurant last week along with some other more expensive wines.  To my surprise, the table was asking where they could buy this wine, which was unanimously the favorite.

A wine of impressive length and polish, this translucent ruby-colored 100% Carignan shows a focus that can only come from old vines.  And I’m talking super old.  Luckily France has a plethora of old vineyards, because 70 year old vines in the U.S. (the few that exist) are priced at a major premium.  This wine is another wine from the Roussillon region of France, which is producing some of the very best wine values in the world right now.

Until now, all of the 100% Carignan I’ve had has been from Chile and I have not enjoyed it.  After this wine, you can definitely call me a fan of the grape, when it’s grown in France!  At $11.95 this deal is about as good as it gets.

Buy Here: 2011 Tessellae Vieilles Vignes Cotes Catalanes $11.95

Wine Advocate 91 points

“The 2011 Tessellae Vieilles Vignes Cotes Catalanes is 100% Carignan aged in concrete tanks (80%) and demi-muids (20%). From 70-year-old Carignan vines planted in schist soils, it displays copious notes of blueberries, raspberries, spring flowers and damp forest floor. The fragrant aromatics are followed by a lush, gorgeously textured, medium-bodied, elegant, complex wine that should provide plenty of pleasure over the next 3-4 years.

Jean-Marc Lafage and importer Eric Solomon fashioned these special cuvees, which are only available through European Cellars in the United States.”

One comment to Under $12 Deals – A 91 Point French Red for the Ages (RP91, $11.95)

  • Till says:

    Two points: Try Santa Ema’s Amplus Carignan, which I’ve found @ LA Wine in the past, and see if you don’t change your mind about Chilean Carignan. Second, good as this wine is, it really could use some short-term aging.

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