Domaine Lafond “Roc-Épine” Côtes du Rhône 2020


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Alcohol: 13.5%

Grape(s): Grenache 70%, Syrah 30%

Localization: Rhone Valley, France

Tasting Notes: Very tasty with aromas of ripe fruit, cherry, blackcurrant and undergrowth. Soft in the mouth with good concentration. You will find a very round and charming wine in your bottle.

Notes: Rocky and lime and/or clay in one of the vineyards, sandy with pebbles in the other (ancient flood plain of the river Rhône). The grapes are all handpicked, the only way to achieve best quality : the grapes are selected by the harvesters and arrive undamaged at the cellar without any oxidation phenomena. This is also the best way not to hurt the vine-stock and to preserve the future of the vineyard. Grapes are all destemmed. Then a short maceration takes place for about 8 to 10 days at a temperature controled between 23°C and 30°C, then fermentation and pressing. The maturing continue in stain  less still  tanks till the bottling in late spring to keep at the best freshness and fruitful flavours.

Food Pairing: Ideal pairings include cold cuts (delicatessen), white meat, pastry, and Mediterranean cooking.

The Domain: Warm temperate, Mediterranean and very windy. Pascal Lafond’s beautifully made wines from Tavel, Lirac and Chateauneuf-du-Pape are among the finest values the region has to offer. This 65-hectare family-run estate, located in the rose-only appellation of Tavel, produces what is widely considered (by Robert Parker, among others) to be the best Tavel available. Their Lirac Blanc – a blend of Grenache, Roussanne and Viognier – is a rich, vibrant Rhone white, with lovely honeyed and floral aromas. Their reds – including a Cotes-du-Rhone, a Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and two different Liracs – are impressively concentrated, meaty and pure Grenache-based wines that are nonetheless balanced and well-structured. Today's cellar was built in 1970, with several extensions made over the years to accommodate the domaine's fairly robust production.