Domaine Lafond

Tavel Rose Domaine Lafond Roc-Epine 2020


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Tavel Rosé, Domaine Lafond Roc-Epine, Tavel, Southern Rhone, France, 2020  

Grapes: A hand-harvested blend of 60% (Maximum allowed) Grenache, 10% Cinsault, 5% Syrah, 5% Carignan and the remainder Clairette/Picpoul/Bourboulenc/Mourvedre.

Certified AB and Ecocert organic. Fruit from 21 different plots, on varying soils, make up the blend for this Tavel.

Currently run by Pascal Lafond, Jean-Baptiste Lafond is now the fourth generation of the family to work at this domaine, which was established by his great-grandfather in 1948. Lafond Roc-Epine remains one of the appellation's benchmark producers for Lirac and Tavel wines.

Tavel rosé is a deep, vivid pink changing to orange/amber when aged. Aromas of red and white fruits with floral notes. Over time, the aroma mellows with touches of spices and kernel-fruits developing.

"A rather lovely, defiant-but-charming candied-tomato and chilli-jam sweetness and bite (although it is, of course, dry). Watermelon, bruised basil leaf, white pepper and wet gravel. The tannins tug ever so lightly, like a child's hand, taking you to show you something. Towards the end, the watermelon notes deepen, almost into pomegranate, and a seam of pomegranate-pith bitterness develops, curving the finish." 16.5/20 points (Tamlyn Currin),, September 2021

Drink with appetisers, spiced Mediterranean dishes, white meat and poultry. Tavel also pairs well with Asian cuisine.

Local dishes to have with Lafond's Tavel include "Brandade" (salt cod with garlic, olive oil and cream), and "Bouillabaisse" (Provencal fish soup)

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