As I promised last week, and I try to never break a promise, I bring you the second wine from Domaine LaFage and the one that was rated 94 Points by Wine Advocate.
These, I knew, were going to be, at the least, exciting wines. I also knew they would be slightly different than a number of folks might expect. Both last weeks wine, the Tessellae, and this weeks, the Bastide Miraflors, are wines using predominantly Syrah and Grenache, the former also having a small amount of Mourvedre (hence the GSM moniker).
Syrah and Grenache are pretty widely known, but usually for their counterparts coming from the U.S. and particularly from Australia. Wines from those areas tend to really accentuate the fruit and bigger body that those grapes can produce. The wines from France also have the heavier body but the fruit tends to be darker and slightly drier in nature. Lending to their exceptional ability to pair with food.
The Bastide, a blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache that was brought up in concrete tanks (Grenache) and demi-muids (Syrah), shows its potential from the first sip. Dark fruit with a softer side but with the ability to conger up smokey notes coming from the oak aging that this wine sees and the Tessellae did not. Click here for tech sheet.
Rest assured, these are two very different wines. Personally favoring the Tessellae for a slightly more balanced approach, but still able to appreciate the Bastide for its power and substance.
As for your ability to obtain either one, The Tessellae may be more readily available as it's just been released. The Bastide has been out for a while longer, and with both, their shelf life may be somewhat limited due to the excellent reviews. Both are available for under $15, as of the writing of this article, the Bastide was actually on sale at $10.99.