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Tavel is the perfect wine region to celebrate in spring. It is often called the “King of Rose” and is considered the region producing the finest roses in France. Unlike many American rosé wines, Tavel rosé are generally blended from several different grapes. The resulting wines are generally complex, voluptuous and a deep shade of springtime pink.
2010 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.
2010 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.
2011 Domaine de la Mordorée Tavel Rosé “La Dame Rousse”
One of my favorite 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.
2011 Chateau d’Aqueria Tavel Rose
A somewhat masculine interpretation of rose, 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 we should call this the “man’s rose.”
2010 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.
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