Domaine Lafond, now run by Jean-Pierre and Pascal Lafond, is based in Tavel where it has 35 hectares of vineyards and produces one of the best Tavels on the market today. The domaine also has a 10-hectare holding in the neighbouring commune of Lirac, where it produces both red and white wines.
This estate is named after a famous French race horse of the 1960s, Rocquépine, a favourite of winemaker Pascal Lafond's father. The current winery was constructed in the 1970s and has been considerably extended over the years to accommodate the production of the domaine's 85 hectares.
The soil is composed of three light limestone filtering geological formations; fluvial sand and round gravel; limestone gravel and red clay; red clay and pebbles.
The grapes are harvested entirely by hand, in a qualitative goal. Grapes sorted by the harvester, arrive intact in the basement avoiding any oxidation. In addition, the manual collection preserves the state of the stems assuring the future of the vineyard.
On the nose, little red fruits, elegant and inviting, floral with a vanilla touch. On the palate, very fruity attack on currants and strawberries, good acidity and freshness. Nice and elegant length.