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Tessellae Carignan | Vieilles Vignes | Côtes Catalanes – Back In Stock!

A $16.99 stunner!

We are delighted to announce the return of Tessellae Carignan Vieilles Vignes (Old Vines) to our wonderful French red wine section.

This gorgeous French red wine has a solid following at our store, so much that we have to pre-order it multiple times a year.

Next time you need a great, versatile bottle of red wine for under $20, snag a bottle of Tessellae.

Tessellae Carignan | Vieilles Vignes | Côtes Catalanes | 14.5% ABV | $16.99

Tessallae Carignan Vieilles Vignes –

  • Varital | 100% Carignan
  • Age of Vines | 70  Vieilles Vignes (Old Vines)
  • Location | Roussillon, France
  • Appellation | Côtes Catalanes IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée)
  • Size | 160 hectares
  • Farming | Practicing organic
  • Soil | Schist
  • Altitude | 275 meters
  • Fermentation | Hand harvested, destemmed, cold pre-fermentation maceration, fermented in concrete
  • Aging | 12 months in concrete tanks (80%) and demi-muid (20%)
  • Flavor | Black raspberry and black cherry fruit, licorice and dried spices to go with a super sexy, heady, seamless style on the palate that keeps you coming back to the glass.
  • Food Parings | Vermont Creamery Cremont, Fresh Chevre, Cranberry Vinaigrette Salad, Tumeric/Curry Pilaf, Moroccan Couscous, Coconut Pepper Chili Soup, Spicy Shrimp Thai, Balsamic Glazed Chicken.

From europeancellars.com

Jean-Marc and Eliane Lafage farm 160 hectares of vines located just south of the capital of French Catalonia, Perpignan. Some of their vineyards are situated a few kilometers from the Mediterranean while others can be found in the foothills of the Pyrenees. This range of sites allow them to make both refreshing whites as well as concentrated reds and, this being the Roussillon, some fortified wines as well. Benefiting from a warm, dry climate, the estate is farmed organically.

They grow primarily Grenache (Blanc, Gris & Noir), Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Marsanne, Roussanne and Chardonnay with a significant proportion of the vines well over 50 years old. The soil, as you near the coast is weathered, alluvial gravel while in the higher elevation sites it is predominantly schist. They harvest by hand and the winemaking is surprisingly uncomplicated with stainlesss steel for the fresher whites but mostly concrete tanks for the rest with a
small amount of French oak demi-muids.

Carignan has had a rather tumultuous history in the south of France. Once seen as a necessary grape to spur the recovery of the region after the plague of phylloxera in the late 19th century, primarily for its ability to produce high yields, it has been largely replaced with “nobler” varieties such as Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. This is unfortunate, for as challenging as the variety is to love when the vines are young, they are superb with half a century under their belt. Jean-Marc Lafage luckily resisted the call to uproot and replace this variety, and he possesses Carignan vines well over 70 years old on schist with which he makes the Tessellae Carignan.