Estate: Founded in 1780 by Pascal Odoyer, the Lafond estate has been passed down from generation to generation and includes vineyards in Lirac, Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Tavel appellations. In 1970, Pascal Odoyer’s great nephew, Jean Pierre Lafond, built the cellar and created the Lafond Roc-Epine domaine; a horse racing enthusiast, he named it after a famous horse, Roquepine. With an emphasis on respecting nature, the landscape, the vines and developing bio-diversity, the estate was certified organic with the 2012 harvest. Today, the next generation, Pascal Lafond’s son, Jean-Baptiste, is working alongside his father.
Winemaking: Their 65 hectare estate located in the “Rosé only” appellation of Tavel is renowned, considered as producing some of the best Tavel Rosé. Grapes are hand harvested from vines 40+ years in age, in rocky/sandy, lime and clay soils.
Tasting Notes: Ruby red in colour with aromas of strawberry, cherry and clean minerals. Silky strawberry, raspberry and cherry with a squeeze of citrus zest are accented by fresh acidity. Pink grapefruit and minerals gloss the dry, refreshing finish. Well balanced, easy drinking, with a bit more going on than the typical Rosé.
Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: Mediterranean spiced dishes as well as white meat and fowl. This wine also accompanies the local dishes brandade (salt cod with garlic, olive oil and cream), bourride and bouillabaisse (Provençal fish soup). TAVEL is particularly recommended for Asian diners; it matches the flavours of oriental cooking.
60% Grenache, 10% Cinsault, 5% Syrah, 5% Carignan with the remainder made up of Clairette, Picpoul, Bourboulenc, Mourvèdre
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