Estate: Eric Pfifferling and his wines are legendary. His wines have somewhat of a cult status, elusive and difficult to find. When you do find them, snatch them up because they won’t be there for long. Up until 2002 Eric worked the family property, selling his grapes to a local cooperative. A former beekeeper, he realized the full potential of his exceptional terroir and extremely old vines, located in the heart of Tavel, on the east side of the Rhône River. Certified organic, vines and harvests are all done by hand, he “avoids all manipulation in the winery, meaning no added yeast, enzymes, or sulfur”.
His son Thibault has worked alongside him since 2010, with the 2018 vintage Thibault and his brother Joris are managing the 17 hectares of vineyards. For a closer look, check out check out L’Anglore: In The Tavel Vines With Thibault Pfifferling over at Sprudge Wine.
Winemaking: Grapes are from a 2.2 hectare vineyard planted in 1971-73, with stony, limestone soils. “3 week whole bunch maceration carbonique fermentation (the Jules Chauvet method), aged in used 600-litre oak casks 18 months, 10 mg/litre low sulphur use, unfined, unfiltered”.
Tasting Notes: Transparent ruby in colour, with aromas of raspberry, violet, strawberry, black cherry, dusty earth minerality, cinnamon and clove. Blackberry liqueur, elderflower, raspberry, violet and chalky minerality are framed by Darjeeling tea tannins and fresh acidity. White pepper, raspberry, blood orange and clove infuse the sateen finish. Vivid, silky, exquisite.
60% Grenache Noir, Blanc & Gris, 20% Clairette Rose & Blanche, 20% Mourvèdre
Bottled by Famile Pfifferling Vignerons