Rhone EP

2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Dom. Lafond Roc-Epine, Rhone, France 6x75cl IB

This is an in bond purchase and therefore the price above does not contain duty and VAT. This will be charged when you choose to receive your purchase. The Vineking can store these wines under bond for you, arrange for transfer to your personal bond or arrange to have delivered to your home address. In the last case, we will raise a duty, VAT, storage and delivery invoice upon receiving the request.

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 as the domaine has expanded to its current 85 hectares. The whole estate is worked organically, without the use of chemical pesticides or herbicides. All the grapes are hand harvested and destemmed before fermentation. The wines are fermented in stainless steel vats and then aged in a mixture of small oak barrels and larger foudres with Seguin-Moreau the cooperage of choice.
The Liracs are serious wines at a brilliant price, whilst the Chateauneuf regularly ranks amongst the finest of the appellation."60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre from three parcels; Pradel with its limestone subsoil, L’Etang with a complex mixture of sand and clay, and Les Grands Serres with its distinctive gravel. After a long cuvaison, the syrah and mourvèdre components are aged in barriques whilst the grenache spends 18 months in vat and foudres to preserve the fruit. Powerful, concentrated wine with masses of fruit. Rich and succulent with a fine, long aftertaste. Drink 2022-2027."
Charles Taylor MW, March 2019

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