Domaine Lafage 'Bastide Miraflors' Vieilles Vignes, Cotes du Roussillon, France 2015

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Domaine Lafage 'Bastide Miraflors' Vieilles Vignes, Cotes du Roussillon, France 2015

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"A sensational value that needs to be tasted to be believed." - The Wine Advocate, 94 points

We read the extraordinary review below, in which The Wine Advocate's Jeb Dunnuck compares this wine to a Sine Qua Non Syrah and were naturally keen to taste it, so we tried to buy one from a UK retailer. To our considerable surprise, it wasn't imported, so we resolved the problem without delay and set about importing it ourselves.

But before we did, we thought we better taste a bottle of Sine Qua Non Syrah to see what the fuss was all about. Well, that thought didn't last very long when we saw the price (over £300 a bottle), so we reverted to Plan B: let someone else pay for it. We didn't have to wait long, because a very generous customer invited us in for a glass of wine after we had delivered his order and, lo and behold, we were treated first to a bottle of Saxum James Berry Syrah 2010 followed by a bottle of Sine Qua Non 'Dark Blossom' Syrah 2011, which was absolutely sensational. Inky black, darkly floral, smooth as a mink stole and rich in weightless concentration. More of a conjuring trick than a wine and a hard act to follow.

What followed (the next day) was this tremendous Cotes du Roussillon. It never set out to impersonate a Syrah from California's Central Coast, of course, but it's not a crazy call to highlight the similarities. The fruit is inky rich and sun-kissed and although it didn't have the same gloss and polish as the Sine Qua Non, it brings a similar haunting perfume of purple flowers and gothic-black fruits and a richness that is perhaps more rustic than refined, but still utterly delicious and loaded with bold flavours of plum, woody spice, dark chocolate and graphite. 14.5% alc. Drink now-2025

The Wine Advocate: "This wine is almost too good to be true. A blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache that was brought up in concrete tanks (Grenache) and demi-muids (Syrah), the 2015 Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes reminded me of a mini Syrah from California's Manfred Krankl (yes I just compared a £14 Syrah to Sine Qua Non). It's a ripe, sexy, heady beauty that exhibits a deep, purple colour as well as killer notes of smoked meats, chocolate, blackberry and black raspberries. Deep, unctuous, open knit and layered, it continues to change in the glass, has a seamless and silky profile, and not a hard edge to be found. It's a sensational value that needs to be tasted to be believed. Drink it anytime over the coming 2-4 years. Drink 2017-2021." 94 points

Jancis Robinson.com (Tamlyn Currin): "Plum conserve. Rich and ripe. Structure and sweetness, bursting with delicious fruit. A wine of the sun and wind with all the intensity and concentration and balance that you’d want from Côtes Catalanes. Big hug of tannins. Drink 2017-2024." 17 points and 'Very Good Value'

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