Romain le Bars Tavel, 2020

 

Romain le Bars Tavel, 2020

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Romain le Bars is the understudy you probably hadnt heard of until he had his breakout performance. He moved to the Gard in the Southern Rhone to take up a position with Eric Pfifferling, a position he held for 7 years until a small parcel of vines came up for sale.

Having purchased that first plot and with the help of Eric to locate some more fruit in the surrounding area to manage, Romain set about making wine for himself very quickly in his garage in 2018, with an assistant of his own, one of Eric's two sons Thibault.

Clearly taking some cues from his mentor, these first steps have seen Romain burst out of the blocks with wines of supple fruit, heady perfume and a tension and energy that bring you back for more.

Is this a really dense rose or a light red? That is the conundrum we have been trying to solve from L'Anglore, and now so with Romain. Short answer.....who cares. Grenache predominant and Syrah this is a mix of direct press and carbonic maceration. Fluid, snappy cool fruits, creamy soda and black pastel lollies, floral and seductive with a few twists of pepper. elegant lite and fine. Whether you think its rose or light red do serve it with a light chill.