The 2018 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Chimères is 40% Grenache and 30% each Carignan and Syrah, aged 14 months in a combination of concrete tanks and oak demi-muids. It overdelivers for the price, offering up bushels of blueberries, cherries and stone fruit, tamed into savoriness on the finish by hints of wood spice and black olives. It’s full-bodied and concentrated but supple, making it drinkable now and over the next five or so years. Impressively, this is a stronger effort than the 2017.

Joe Czerwinski, June 2020, Wine Advocate

The dynamic Jean-Marc Lafage has rapidly expanded his holdings and production in the past decade. There’s a huge, state-of-the-art winery and a seemingly endless number of cuvées to taste through. (…) There are many screaming values in the lineup. At the high end, the reds are impressive, showing ample concentration and well-managed tannins.

Joe Czerwinski

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