Collection: Jocelyne & Yves Lafoy - Rhone

Lafoy Prelude barrel

Winery - Yves and Jocelyne Lafoy

Region - Rhone

Founded - 1993

Farming - Organic (certified)

A new generation takes the helm

Jocelyn and Yves Lafoy started the Domaine in the early 90s by marrying their respective family vineyard holdings across the Northern Rhone. Following his oenology studies in Burgundy, their son Gaetan returned to Cote Rotie to work with Jean-Michel Gerin. Since 2012 Gaetan has taken charge of the cellar at the Domain and introduced a low intervention approach. All the vineyards are worked by hand, with mechanisation often impossible on their steep slopes. In the cellar, the introduction of concrete eggs and a restrained used of oak lends the wines an added layer of precision and freshness. The red and white ‘Alliance’ cuvees, are from Syrah and Viognier vines on granite soils just behind the slopes of Cote Rotie. The ‘Prelude’ is a collection of 2.6ha of vines on the Cote Blonde with the oldest vines planted in 1934 and most from 1991. It is a classic expression of Northern Rhone Syrah with an emphasis on freshness and spice. The ‘Cote Blonde’ is very much jewel in the crown made solely from vines the oldest vines (planned in 1934) and is only made in the best vintages. Gaetan is a young talent and worth keeping an eye on as he grows the Domaine.

Gatean and Yves lafoy vineyard
lafoy pressoire during harvest

Lafoy Wine Collection