Tavel Roc-Epine

VARIETIES : Grenache 60%, Cinsault 10%, Syrah 5 %, Carignan 5% and Clairette, Picpoul, Bourboulenc, Mourvèdre

NATURE OF SOIL : Rocky, sandy and lime and/or clay

CLIMATE : Warm temperate, Mediterranean and very windy. TAVEL is situated right in the Rhône Valley

WINE HARVEST : 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.

WINEMAKING METHOD : The grapes are all destemmed, then maceration takes place for 24 or 48 hours according to the year, in order for us to obtain a more intense colour and more aromas. The next steps are pressing and low temperature fermentation (16°C to 20°C) for 8 to 10 days.

BOUQUET : The TAVEL « deep and very vivid pink changing into orange when ageing.

TO BE DRUNK WITH : Appetizers DOMAINE LAFOND » has a very pure soft pink colour. The dominant aromas are complex, red and white fruits mixing with floral tinges. With time these fruity aromas tend to turn mellower, with touches of spices and kernel-fruits, while the colour turns into amber tints.

ASPECT : Brilliant, the colour is a, First course, spiced Mediterranean dishes as well as white meat and fowl. This wine also accompanies the local dishes « brandade » (salt cod with garlic, olive oil and cream), « bourride » and « bouillabaisse » (Provençal fish soup). TAVEL is particularly recommended for Asian diners; it matches the flavours of oriental cooking. The wine is best drunk at a temperature of 10°C to 12°C.

You can drink it from the first year, but you can keep it for 3 years.

PRESERVATION : Wine like to be preserved in a dark place, with a constant temperature and hygrometry. Coolness and height are its friends. For optimal conditions or preservation, we recommend your to keep your bottles between 16° and 18° C and between 50 and 70% of humidity.

A PARTICULAR CHARACTERISTIC OF TAVEL : it may be drunk throughout the meal, thus avoiding possible unhappy combinations.


As climatic variations are minimal in our region and as sunshine is virtually constant all year long, the quality of our wines is very regular from one vintage year to another.