LVT 2019 rosé 2016 wh 2016 r The Bernard family owned this estate with its good soils when I first visited Tavel in 1973, and their Tavel was of the highest quality, a fresher and more stylish wine than many of the rather oxidative wines around at the time. From 1994 it was owned by Jean-Claude and son Raphaël Garcin, who added the Domaines Saint-Anthelme, Les Ramières and Longval to it, the name Genestière-Saint-Anthèlme in these years, when the wines leaned towards extraction. Tragically, Raphael died in an accident when still a young man.
The property was bought in 2015 by Christian Latouche, owner of two domaines in Les Baux de Provence, between Avignon and Aix-en-Provence; they are the Domaine de La Vallongue [38 hectares, organic since 1985] and Domaine des Terres Blanches [50 hectares, organic since 1970]. The name was changed to Château La Genestière from Domaine La Genestière after that. The range is now Tavel, Lirac, Côtes du Rhône red, and IGP d’Oc wines in three colours.
The two 2017 Tavels were genuine, suggesting a drive to uphold the authentic qualities of the place, whatever the rush to jump on the Provence rosé bandwagon. The La Magnanerie was a ****(*) success, the classic ****. The 2018 Tavel Château La Genestière was an STGT ****(*) wine, very true and convincing, the 2019 a **** wine full of gourmand pleasure. Since 2012 part of the vineyard has been worked organically, and there is now a Tavel Château La Genestière Vin Biologique, the 2019 a fresh, detailed **** wine. The Lirac white has style, while the Lirac red is polished, the 2016 a **** wine.
Christian Latouche, Thomas Fayel Château de Cravailleux Chemin de Cravailleux 30126 Tavel
Tel: +33(0)466 50 07 03
British Importers: Stone, Vine & Sun, Simon Taylor, 13 Humphreys Farms, Hazeley Road, Twyford, Winchester, Hampshire, +44(0)1962 712 351, firstname.lastname@example.org
USA Importers: Michael Corso Selections, 242 South Marion Street, Oak Park, Illinois, IL 60302 +1708 386 6347 www.corsowines.com Domaine de Longval: Diageo Château & Estate Wines, 530 Fifth Avenue, 3 Floor, New York, NY 10036, +1 516 659 4040, email@example.com