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: Vines range from 20-70 years in age, in “flaky-rock limestone” soils. Hand-harvested, spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts large vat, malolactic fermentation aged in a “combination of concrete and oak vats and used oak casks” for 9 months. Unfined, unfiltered, no additional SO2.
Tasting Notes: Coral ruby in colour, with aromas of strawberry, raspberry, candied violet, blackberry liqueur. Strawberry, raspberry, pomegranate, elderflower liqueur are flanked by fresh acidity and supple tannins. White pepper, red currant and strawberry saturate the sleek finish. Silky, vibrant, striking.
Grenache, Clairette Blanc, Clairette Rose, Cinsault, Carignan, Mourvédre, and Bourbolenc
Bottled by Eric Pfifferling