2009 Domaine Lafond Tavel Roc-Epine

Rating: ★★★★☆

Vintage: 2009
Producer: Domaine Lafond
Variety: Grenache noir 60%, Cinsault 15%, Clairette 9%, Syrah 5%, Grenache Blanc 5%, Carignan 3%, Mourvèdre 1%, Picpou 1%, Bourboulenc 1%
Designation: Roc-Epine
Region: France
Sub-region: Rhone, Tavel

ABV: 13.5%
Price: $24 (BC LDB), $24 (EW)

He says: This is probably one of my favorite Rosés ever, and at $24 it’s a steal. Loads of complexity, and it covers the gamut of light citrus fruit to ripe strawberries, delivering sweetness and acidity all at once. No overbearing tannins, and a body weight that matches the whimsical nature of the flavours. Brilliant, will definitely buy again and recommend to those wanting to try a Rosé from the Rhone.

She says: Well balanced wine with fresh raspberry, floral notes and a hint of minerality. All my favourite things in one sexy, slender bottle.  The fresh acidity balanced well with the citrus undertones providing a nice mouth feel overall.  A great introduction to Rhône Rosé and its distinctive style.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med+ pink
Smells like: Clean, youthful, floral, strawberry, citrus, red fruit, med+ intensity
Tastes like: Dry, med body, med acid, med+ intensity, low tannin, med alcohol, strawberry, floral, red fruit, citrus, grapefruit, very balanced sweetness on the mid-palate, med+ finish

Summary: Very Good, Ready to Drink

6 comments to 2009 Domaine Lafond Tavel Roc-Epine

  • Grégoire Byrka via Facebook

    Alright, bought it, tasted it, love it!

  • Even though it was only 10.50 Euros? Glad you loved it, b/c I know you have great taste in wine.

  • Grégoire Byrka via Facebook

    Had it for 8,60 actually :) I forgot one in the freezer.. (I know.. but I had to cool it fast) It turned into a wonderful sorbet (like the strawberry flavor)!! It gave me cooking ideas..
    I know that you like white Loire. I bought recently some organic cheverny domaine des huards 2007, if you find some try it, it’s a real bargain (less than 7 here). Have not seen savennières yet on your blog, there are some real good bargains in this area too.

  • €8,60 – so cheap!!!
    We’ve frozen a Rosé before, and upon defrosting, it definitely tasted different.
    Thanks for the tip on the Savennières- pretty sure Marquis carries it, so will grab a bottle. http://bit.ly/9c5VQ4
    We did a blind this week with two Loire Muscadets, so we’re trying to make our way through the region. We’ll post the reviews on the weekend.

  • Grégoire Byrka via Facebook

    Hmm not a fan of muscadet except maybe to drink with oysters.. But am willing to change my mind ;)

  • […] and though it wasn’t really what I expected for a rosé (at the time), it was still a delicious choice. The appellation has a maximum sugar level of 4 grams per litre – so in theory, the wine is […]

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