Tavel… a primer

June 24, 2007

Wines from Tavel rule. Mere miles away from Châteauneuf du Pape on the Rhone, Tavel only makes Rosé wines. But it is none of your ‘blush’ mixings of reds and whites, or some sweet foolishness. This is serious wine. The when the grapes are pressed, the skins only keep in contact with the juice for 12-48 hours, which gives the wine the pink colour rather than the deep red, and the grapes are a mix of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah (known as Shiraz outside of France], Mourvedre, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Carignan, Calitor. None of this one grape foolishness. IN general I tend to like wines with Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, and Mourvedre, though Tannat grapes are growing on me. 🙂

So, you get this rosé that has high alcohol content (13.5%), extremely dry, but it ‘feels’ like it has a lot of sweet/freshness to it. You can drink it with light or stronger foods and it will not be over-whelmed or over-whelming. [For more on gustatory characteristics and typicity.]

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