June 17, 2009
Jean-Marc Lafarge 2008 Catalan Blanc Côte Est, about $11
As bright and clean as its spare, modern label—a simple, spring-y green vine curling around the lettering—this is super summer drinking. Made of a blend of grenache blanc and gris (lighter colored siblings of the dark red grenache), chardonnay and marsanne, it's light and succulent with lemon and green apple flavor. Coming from a winery in Perpignan, about halfway between Barcelona and Montpellier, it's the sort of wine you might imagine Catalan locals sipping while gazing out over the Côte Sud, some fresh fish or a large green salad à table. Or, at $11, drinking every Tuesday night in your backyard.
This review first appeared in the Denver Post.