Add To Your WishlistChâteauneuf-du-Pape Roc-Epine, Domaine Lafond 2017

Grape Varieties : grenache 80%, syrah 10%, mourvèdre 10%.

 Chateauneuf du Pape Roc Epine is a sweetly fruited, elegant red that gives up notions of black raspberry, melted liquorice, sweet spice and hints of crushed flowers. Medium-bodied, supple and nicely textured, with fine tannin and excellent freshness and focus. Every sip makes you want to go back for more

The roots of this southern Rhône family estate date back to 1780, when their ancestor first planted vines in Tavel and pioneered wine production there. Fast forward to 1970 and grandfather of the youngest generation, Jean Pierre Lafond, built a cellar on the site they have today. He had a great love of horses, so named the domaine after a great racehorse, Roquepine, adding a more Provençal spelling. Based in Tavel, the family has over the years gained prized vineyards in many of the top appellations, including Lirac and Châteauneuf. Lirac is a quarter of the size of its more famous neighbour and only 10% of production is white.

With a family history going back centuries, this family owned producer remain committed to quality wine with very traditional qualities. They are also 100% organic.



Add To Your WishlistChâteauneuf-du-Pape Roc-Epine, Domaine Lafond 2017

Grape Varieties : grenache 80%, syrah 10%, mourvèdre 10%.

 Chateauneuf du Pape Roc Epine is a sweetly fruited, elegant red that gives up notions of black raspberry, melted liquorice, sweet spice and hints of crushed flowers. Medium-bodied, supple and nicely textured, with fine tannin and excellent freshness and focus. Every sip makes you want to go back for more

The roots of this southern Rhône family estate date back to 1780, when their ancestor first planted vines in Tavel and pioneered wine production there. Fast forward to 1970 and grandfather of the youngest generation, Jean Pierre Lafond, built a cellar on the site they have today. He had a great love of horses, so named the domaine after a great racehorse, Roquepine, adding a more Provençal spelling. Based in Tavel, the family has over the years gained prized vineyards in many of the top appellations, including Lirac and Châteauneuf. Lirac is a quarter of the size of its more famous neighbour and only 10% of production is white.

With a family history going back centuries, this family owned producer remain committed to quality wine with very traditional qualities. They are also 100% organic.





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The soil : It's stony for one parcel of land, sandy on ochre and pebbly terraces for the another parcel of land.

The climate : It's temperate, Mediterranean and very windy, CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE is situated in the Rhône's Valley. Very little rain. Sun : an average of 2700 hours per year.

Average age of the vines : 60 years.

The harvest : The grapes are picked by hand with the intention of quality. They are sorted out by the harvester and they arrive undamaged at the winery avoiding oxydation. Besides, the handpicking protects the good condition and the future of the vineyard.

Wine making process and the ageing : Grapes are wholly destemmed. Long fermenting : 21 days to obtain supple and well present tannins. The pressing, end of fermenting and conservation in stainless steel tank until the first racking process. Then, the wine is aged in new barrels (half in strong heating + half in less strong heating) from January to October for the 20% constitued by syrah and mourvedre, to soften the tannins, to oxigenate the wine and to bring a touch of vanilla which will blend with the structure of grenache always in stainless-steel . The bottling is around January. From this moment, the harmonious blending between the structure of the wine and the aging in barrels brings a good balance which is going to improve for a few years.

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