Dom. de Longval Tavel Rose 2004
from Tavel, Rhone, France
Short, controlled maceration extracts just enough color and flavor from the skins; temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel and concrete vats. Domaine bottled. The most famous French rosé, Tavel epitomizes the relaxed, cheery gracefulness of the Rhône and southern France. The bright pink hue has always been Tavel Longval's calling card. In addition to its visual appeal, Longval offers surprisingly rich, but crisp and dry flavors - a veritable basket of ripe summer fruit. Lovely with warm weather foods, including poultry, salads, grilled sausage, pasta and picnic fare.
Located northwest of Avignon on the more rural right-bank side of the Rhône Valley. Marl and chalk soil characterizes the small (2,000 acre) appellation. For the last 20 years, Longval has been owned by Jean-Claude Garcin and his family, who brought their skills as agriculturalists and nurserymen to this historic estate. Located on the banks of a small stream just outside the village, the winery occupies the venerable old mill pictured on the label.
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