In a nutshell:
A rich and intense Côtes du Roussillon red from the hot south of France near the Spanish border.
The Côtes du Roussillon is in the southern Catalan part of France around Perpignan and this cuvéee from Domaine Lafage perfectly captures the essence of the big reds for which this area is best known. It's a blend of Carignan from the vineyards in the foothills of the Pyrenees, Syrah from pebbly soils near the coast and Grenache from the schist soils of the Agly valley. It's intense and fruity on the nose with a whole range of chocolate, liquorice and floral flavours and aromas intermingling on the tongue. Generously juicy, it's got a well balanced structure, rounded tannins and an elegant, lengthy finish.
When to drink:
With its rounded tannins and generous flavours it's great with grilled meats like lamb chops.