LE VIEUX LAVOIR, Pujaut, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Le Vieux Lavoir is the second estate of the Roudil Jouffret family, who have been making wine in the region for six generations. Domaine le Vieux Lavoir is named for the old wash house in Tavel, pictured below. It was the inspiration for the architecture of the state of the art winery and cellar built on the estate in 2002. Between this estate, and their other vineyards at Le Vieux Moulin, they produce a range of wines from Tavel, Lirac, Côtes du Rhône, Vin de pays du Gard, and Vin de pays d'Oc, made in a masterly manner from Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, old Carignan and other local indigenous varietals.
Region & Vineyard Notes
From a 30 hectare parcel in Pujaut, a town in the southern France department of Gard near Tavel. The region is on the edge of Languedoc-Roussillon where it meets Provence, and sits on the Rhone river in the foothills of the Massif Central to the north. The summers are hot and dry during the growing season, and the mountains are prone to heavy rainfall, caused by the collision of cold winds from central France and warmer breezes from the sea. The temperature differences make great conditions for Rosé. Rosé makes up a sizeable chunk of Gard wines - not surprising, given the department’s location on the edge of Provence!