Collioure and Banyuls, plus inland Côtes du Roussillon
By Richard James
This Guide was last updated on 23 April 2010
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Address: Mas Miraflors,
Route de Canet,
Tel: 04 68 80 35 82 Fax: 04 68 80 38 90
Geo-coordinates: Latitude: 42:42:38N (42.71052) Longitude: 2:58:0E (2.96653)
Off the old road between Perpignan and Canet or exit 3 off the main road, Eliane and Jean-Marc Lafage took over his father's estate in 2001, having already bought another local vineyard five years earlier after returning from working in wineries around the world. They now have 140ha of vineyards split between Perpignan/Canet near the sea; inland in the Aspres - Le Vignon near Tordères with spectacular terraces and home to their premium red Les Onze Terrasses made from Syrah, Carignan and Grenache; and in the Agly valley near Maury. The renovated winery, cellar and shop at Mas Miraflors is the central point for tasting. Specialities include fine Muscat, both dry and sweet, a tasty Chardonnay (one of the region's best), delicious chunky rosé and quite complex reds such as Cuvée Léa Côtes du Roussillon. Ambitious plans also led Lafage to purchase Château St-Roch in the Maury area (chateausaintroch.free.fr), which makes very good Côtes du Roussillon Villages as well as excellent Maury VDNs.
Useful information: Cellar shop open May to September every day except Sunday 10.00-12.30 and 14.30-19.00; October-April every day except Sunday and Monday 10.00-12.00 and 14.30-18.00. Jazz and wine tasting evenings are held at Mas Miraflors on Wednesdays from mid-July to mid-August.
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