WASHINGTON, June 20, 2013 ― Tavel is a wine region in France’s southern Rhone. The region is famous for its pink wine and is called by some the “King of Rosé.”
Unlike many American rosé wines, those of Tavel are generally blended from several different grapes. The resulting wines are complex, voluptuous and perfectly prepared for aging. Here are a few favorite Tavels, refreshing enough to quench a summer thirst but with enough weight to pair well with an elaborate dinner.
Domaine Le Vieux Moulin
Fresh and refreshing with a slight minty note on the nose, this is a wine to which anyone can relate. Its fruit is classic cooked and wild strawberries with a bit of pomegranate coming in toward the finish.
Domaine Moulin La Viguerie
With its smooth tannins and bright, fruit punchy flavors, this pretty pink is a crowd-pleaser. An anise note and minerality on the finish add complexity. Enjoy it on a summer afternoon as a thirst-quenching aperitif.
Domaine de Tourtouil
Surprisingly light in color and body for a wine of Tavel, it takes a soft approach to rose. Floral and wintergreen notes dominate with mere hints of strawberry fruit. A licorice note adds interest to the finish.
Domaine de la Mordorée Tavel Rosé “La Dame Rousse”
One of the best wines from Tavel, this bottling is sophisticated, complex and relatively full-bodied. Its delicious fruit flavors include fresh raspberries and strawberries as well as the refreshing citrus of Meyer lemon.
Chateau d’Aqueria Tavel Rosé
A somewhat masculine interpretation of rosé, this wine starts out with pretty red and yellow plum, but its flavors evolve to something more earthy near the back of the palate. Perhaps it should be called the “man’s rosé.”
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