Must-Try Wine of the Week: Domaine Lafage 2013 Cuvée Centenaire, Côtes du Roussillon, France

The Jean-Marc Lafage’s family has been growing grapes in Roussillon for six generations. He and his oenologist wife, Eliane, decided to stop selling their grapes to the local co-op and founded Domaine Lafage in 1996. The estate now has about 138 hectares of vines across Roussillon.

This blend of grenache blanc and roussanne comes from 100-year-old grenache blanc and grenache gris vines (with some roussanne) that grows within sight of the Mediterranean Sea.

The grapes are hand-harvested in two lots, one of which is usually picked later in order to ripen the grapes slightly longer, to develop more complex flavors. The grapes are blended before fermentation. After alcoholic fermentation, 10 percent of the wine undergoes malolactic (secondary) fermentation. The wine is then aged three months (30 percent in new French oak barrels and 70 percent in stainless steel tanks) before bottling.

The wine shows lovely citrusy elements, with a nice touch of minerality to complement the floral and white stone fruits. Excellent balance, and its nice crisp finish make this a versatile wine that works well with everything from shellfish to lightly spiced fowl or pork. Available locally at Wine Exchange and Best Wines Online for $13.

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