Jean-Pierre and François Lafond.
Route des Vignobles, 30126 Tavel
Tel. +33 466 502 459
Direct sale: Monday - Friday 8.00-12.00 and 14.00-18.30
The Lafond family dates its
history back to 1780
when a forefather of the owners today settled in Tavel as a winegrower. Family
names changed truth the years from Odoyer to Taulier and Lafond. The first
Lafond was Pascal's father in 1970.
"Jean-Pierre Lafond, Valéry Taulier’s son in law, builds his
own wine estate. As a horse race lover, he names his wine estate
“Roc-Epine”, as a memory of Roquepine a famous horse race. And so was
born Domaine Lafond Roc-Epine"
In 1948 Jean-Pierre Lafond’s grandfather, Valery Taulier,
built the first private cellar in Tavel. In 1978 when Pascal joined his father they started to bottle wine with own
In 2019 a final shift of generation took place starting in 2016 when the
oldest son Jean-Pierre became co-owner. Later 2018 also the 2-years
younger son François. January 2019 Pascal retired.
Domaine Lafond is mainly producing Tavel and Lirac from a total of 85 ha,
39 ha Tavel, 24 ha Cotes du Rhone, 18,5 ha Lirac and 3,6 ha. Chateauneuf du
Since 2012 the vineyards are certified agriculture
Chateauneuf du Pape Roc-Epine
2015: 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.
Syrah and Mourvedre is aged in new
barrels for 12 months. Grenache in concrete.
2016: 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre, 5% Carignan.
for 3-4 months in new barriques.
Lirac La Ferme Romaine
2016: 65% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre.
50% is aged for 10 months in 1-3-years-old barriques
Lirac Blanc Roc-Epine
2018: 50% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne and 20% Viognier.
2017: 60% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 20% Syrah.
Tavel L'Esprit de Roc-Epine
2014: 60% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 20% Syrah. 1/3
fermented in new barriques.
Cotes du Rhone
2017: 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah.
The ageing cellar in 2006