Wine Spectator 90
WS TOP 100 2012 Rank 64
"This offers a very tasty mix of red and black cherry fruit, along with muddled strawberry, light spice and tea shadings. A flash of tobacco marks the full-bodied finish. Solid Tavel. Drink now. 30,000 cases made." ~ JM
Grenache noir 60%, Cinsault 15%, Clairette 9%, Syrah 5%, Grenache Blanc 5%, Carignan 3%, Mourvèdre 1%, Picpoul 1%, Bourboulenc 1%.
Different parcels are harvested at different times, according to their maturity; the Grenache is harvested a few days before the grapes used in the Cotes du Rhone in order to maximise acidity. Overnight maceration lends color and complexity without detracting fruit and freshness. The grapes are then pressed and blended before fermentation.
Average No. cases/year: 20,000
Domaine LafondView all from Domaine Lafond
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 rosé-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. These wines are simply stunning values!