In 1780 Jean-Pierre Lafond's great-uncle, Pascal Odoyer, became one of the pioneers of wine production in the Southern Rhone and started an estate that has stayed within the family ever since. In 1970 Jean-Pierre Lafond decided to build a fully working cellar for their production. He was a passionate folower of all things equine and named it after a famous race horse: Roquepine. He transformed the spelling slightly to give it a more 'Provencal' feel and thus Domaine Lafond Roc-Epine was born. In 2001 the Domain purchased vineyards in Chateauneuf du Pape. The 8700 square metre vineyard produces only 4,000 bottles! In 2009 the decision was made to becom 100% organic.
Grape varieties: Grenache 60%, Syrah 30%, Mourvèdre 10%.
Soil: stony, sandy with red pebbly terraces.
Average age of the vines: 30 years
Harvests : The grapes are collected entirely by hand, with a view to quality. The bunches, sorted by the harvester, arrive intact at the cellar, thus avoiding any oxidation phenomenon. In addition, manual collection preserves the condition of the stumps and therefore the future of the vineyard.
Storage: The red "Ferme" Romaine "lirac will improve over the next 10 years of the vintage.