Winery: Chateau Trinquevedel
Bottling: 2008 Tavel Rose
Importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants
Sub-Region: Tavel, Southern Rhone Valley
Estimated Retail Price: $17
Purchase Details: Purchased directly from Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants in Berekeley, California for around $17.
Tasting Notes: In the glass, a saturated and intense, dark pink hue. On the nose, ripe red stone fruits and ripe strawberries. In the mouth, flavors of ripe strawberry and spice. The wine is firm, rich and juicy and has a dry tea like, but surprisingly refreshing finish. Although the fruit takes center stage here, the wine never seems heavy or cloying and retains a nice fresh quality.
I’m not sure what the grape make up is on this particular Tavel, but the grapes that are typically used include grenache, syrah, cinsault, mouvedre and carignan (not to exceed more than 10%). Also, not one grape can exceed more than 60% of the blend.
Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: This wine can certainly take on the robustness of backyard bbq fare, but it will also pair nicely with an anti-oxidant rich piece of grilled salmon. Oh yeah, drink it on its own as well
Winery & Other Background Information: Rose from Tavel have a reputation as being the most famous in France. The fact that it is the only appellation in France whose sole wine is rose explains why. The roses from Tavel are often robust, rich and fruit forward wines that have more structure and body than most roses. They can be cellared, but who cellars rose? I never do. One of the virtues of rose are the freshness and liveliness that often displayed only in their youth, so drinking them early is a must.
Several factors attributed to the wine making practices contribute to the robustness of Tavel rose. Portions of the grape must (which is the freshly pressed juice that contains the skins, seeds and stems of the fruit) are kept after “bleeding” – a process separating the skins from the must. This darker must, which has spent extended time on the skins, is blended back into the lighter must to give the finished wine more weight and body.
If you solely drink red wine and haven’t yet bought into roses or white wines, because they seem froo-froo, try a rose from Tavel. It may be a good tweener wine to expose you to other wine styles beyond red wines.