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 L’Anglore: In The Tavel Vines With Thibault Pfifferling over at Sprudge Wine.
Winemaking: Grenache vines are 100+ years in age in sandy soils, hand-harvested, whole cluster wild yeast spontaneous fermentation, “slight aging in old oak barrels”, unfined, unfiltered, no added SO2.
Tasting Notes: Silky layers of raspberry, blackberry, lavender, black cherry glide atop polished tannins and fresh acidity. Iron minerality and candied apple infuse the black currant finish. Sleek, striking, spectacular.
Mostly Grenache, with a bit of Aramon, Cinsault, Clairette
Vin de France
Bottled by Famile Pfifferling