To all Best Winers,

This is ridiculous. Usually we encounter one, maybe two superlatives in even the greatest write-up from the likes of Parker, Spectator and the like. The air, rife with the ubiquitous “notes of blah, blah, blah…” can often easily be pierced by the bold ‘enthralling’, ‘explosive’ and/or ‘holy cow!’. When that happens, people tend to take note, their ears perk up, and they listen.  Most folks can sense when someone is genuinely jazzed about a bottle of wine.

So when Robert Parker unleashed this tasting note upon the unsuspecting wine world, what were we to do? We were just as taken aback by it as the round of folks that swept through our site, pillaging every bottle of this wines they could find.

For those of you that missed it the first time, good news.  We recently received another tiny (relatively speaking) batch of the 2011 Domaine Lafage Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes, a wine that is the proud owner of what may be Parker’s greatest tasting note…ever.

How great?  Let’s break it down for you. Now granted, this is all in the same paragraph.

“The fact that wines such as this can be purchased is unbelievable.” Well, that’s’ pretty strong.

“It is almost incomprehensible that something of this quality, complexity and richness can be purchased for $25 to $50, much less $10 to $12.” Yup, that’s pretty silly strong as well.

“The 3,000 cases should be gobbled up as quickly as they hit retailers’ shelves.” A call to action!

“I am honored to share my excitement about this amazing wine with readers.”  Honored? Wow.

And, of course, there’s that whole 93 point ‘nut’ on a wine that costs less than $13.

And if that’s not enough for you, we still have 10 cases left of a wine, also from importer Eric Solomon and Jean-Marc Lafage, that is probably in the running for Parker’s second best tasting note of the year, the also-93 points Lafage 2011 Tessellae Old Vines. We’re still reeling from his classic quote, “It made me write in my tasting notes that it was a “$12 Cote Rotie of the south…” Seen as the cheapest Cote Rotie on the market is around $50 a bottle that should give you some idea of what kind of value this wine actually is.

The Tessellae will set you back a whopping $12 a bottle. Seriously, it’s easier than ever to find a great bottle of wine at a reasonable price. We’ve got two cases in point right there…

 


Kyle Meyer and Tristen Beamon, Proprietors, BestWinesOnline.com

Jean-Marc Lafage


 


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Lafage Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes 2011

93 points! There are 3,000 cases of the naked, virginal, unoaked 2011 Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes made from 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache aged in concrete. The difficult economic situation in the Languedoc-Roussillon corridor is being exploited to the maximum by importer Eric Solomon. The fact that wines such as this can be purchased is unbelievable. Largely an artisanal wine, it is brilliantly pure with a stunning nose of spring flowers, blackberries, cassis and earth. It is almost incomprehensible that something of this quality, complexity and richness can be purchased for $25 to $50, much less $10 to $12. The 3,000 cases should be gobbled up as quickly as they hit retailers’ shelves. I am honored to share my excitement about this amazing wine with readers.  Wine Advocate #201, June 2012


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Lafage Tessellae Old Vines 2011

93 Points!  2011 Tessellae Old Vines Cotes du Roussillon, an intriguing blend of 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Grenache Gris, a rare white grape. It was aged 12 months in concrete tanks prior to being bottled unfiltered. It boasts an expansive, intense, complex bouquet of garrigue, strawberries and black cherries intermixed with a hint of spring flowers, a velvety texture and a voluptuous mouthfeel. It made me write in my tasting notes that it was a “$12 Cote Rotie of the south,” although $12 Cote Roties went out of existence about 50 years ago. This beautiful, soft, round, seductive red should drink well for 4-5 years.  Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate #204, December 2012


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