Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Clairette
The region of Tavel produces iconic rosé, and only rosé. It is the only AOC that produces only rosé and prohibits red or white production. Unlike other regions, where rosé may be made as a bi-product of red wine or in an effort to not waste grapes in 'off' vintages, here, rosé is the sole dedication. No more than sixty percent of the final blend can be made up of the noble Grenache. Les Vignes des Prêcheurs is harvested from vineyards grown on sand and limestone soils, covered with rolled stones. Tavel is located in the Southern Rhône, this area is renowned for the 'galets' large stones that cover the vineyards, and are integral to the terroir. Tavel wines are identifiable by their deep, pink colour and higher tannins, resulting from soaking the skins of the grapes with the juice. This vintage, a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 10% Syrah and 10% Clairette (a white grape variety), just received 91 points from Wine Enthusiast! Enjoy this year, chill to 12 C.
Bright, blush pink with tangerine hued reflections.
Tonnes of ripe strawberry give lifted and fresh aromatics. There are deeper notes of cherry and crunchy red apples. Herbal and mineral influences from dried herbs and limestone add more dimension.
Strawberries, rose petals and orange essence continue the bright, fresh flavours from the nose. A dry rose, which is full-bodied for the style, it definitely has some extra 'oomph'! The layers of fruit pull all the best qualities into one basket, from juicy apple, tart cranberry, zingy citrus from orange zest, and bright cherries. Rely on this rosé for your festive feasts, as it acts almost like a red wine when paired with meals.
This might be the funnest wine to enjoy at a table! Bacon wrapped dates, goat cheese and strawberry salad, seared swordfish in a tomato sauce, or smoked cod.
Aragonés, Syrah, Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet
Retail: $26.99 Club: $20.49
Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, Clairette
Côtes du Rhône
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