Hélène and Gaël Petit
104, Rue de la Combe 30126 Tavel
Tel. +33 466 500 655 / +33 683 514 054
Direct sale: By appoinment
I did not know the domain or the owner before 2017 although I
might have seen the names before.
I tasted thei for
the first time at Couleur Tavel (see photo below). My
interest was guarded and it became no less when I later found out
that Gaël Petit had replaced Richard Maby in 2015 as
the President of the Syndicate
(Maby had chosen to leave the post).
In July 2018 I therefore got an appointment for a visit and met a very
pleasant personality. Probably
not only for that reason but
also because his family has deep roots in the history of the
appellation he was elected as president of the appellation.
In 1992 Gaël
Petit took over the domain after
his mother Mireille Petit Roudil, who had taken over the property from
father Gabriel Roudil (1907-2000). The
most significant of the ancestors who have lived in the area since
the 16th century was probably Aimé Roudil (1870-1938). He
became one of those who helped restore the vineyards after the
Phylloxera crisis and he was one of the leading people who helped
to make the rules and delimitation of the appellation in
collaboration with Pierre le Roy of Chateauneuf du Pape.
the driving force behind the first two appellations in France in
To the left Aime Roudil (1870-1938)
and Pierre Le Roy (1890-1967)
Aime Roudil was the first president the syndicate of Tavel (1923-1938)
The domain covers 15 ha of Tavel
and 0,83 ha of Lirac.
The grapes of the
domain are harvested with a slightly higher maturity than on most other
domains in Tavel. Therefore, the wines are not as acidic as many
other wines in the appellation. Immediately after visiting Gaël
Petit, I visited Mordorée, from where
the wines are very different from
Petit's attitude is that Rosé is a light red wine. The
wines of both domains are good and, as with all wines, it is a matter of taste
and pleasure what you prefer. Personally, I prefer Petit's less
prestigious wines, where fruit and acid are in good balance and without the
bitterness that characterizes many Tavel wines
The actual blend may fidder a boit but in the vineyards you fiind
50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, 10%
Mourvedre, Bourboulenc, Clairette.
47% Grenache, 24% Syrah, 17% Mourvedre 12% Cinsault.