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Date Printed: 4/17/2014
Ch. D'Aqueria Tavel Rose 2007
Ch. D'Aqueria Tavel Rose 2007
(search item no. 95572)
International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The qualities of climate and soil allied to a controlled vinification and experienced assembly of each variety make Tavel unique among rosés in intensity of color, body and bouquet. Château d'Aquéria is the quintessential Tavel, vibrant salmon-pink in color, with a penetrating fruit fragrance offset by floral notes. Bone dry, full bodied and succulently fruity on the palate, its lush intensity and depth are balanced by an extraordinarily refreshing acidity carrying into a long, crisp finish with vibrant peppery nuances.

"Pale red color. Dried redcurrant and strawberry on the nose, with subtle herbal and floral character building with aeration. Jammy red berry flavors are a touch sweet but offer plenty of depth. Finishes broad and a touch warm. A real fruit bomb that would be good with lighter red meat dishes."
-International Wine Cellar

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About Chateau D'Aqueria:

Tavel is situated in the southern end of the Côtes-du-Rhône across the river from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The distinguishing feature of the area's soils is that they are characterized by hillocks of sand over a chalky clay subsoil, very well-drained, arid and without limestone content. The long growing season and intense, sunny summers yield fruit of extraordinary ripeness, concentration and richness in sugar.

In 1595, the monks of the Abbey of Villeneuve-les-Avignon transferred a large portion of their landholding northeast of Avignon, on the right bank of the Rhône River, to a citizen and aristocrat of Avignon, Louis Joseph d'Aquéria. This district, known as the "puy sablonnier," or "sandy hill," covered the east-central quarter of what was then and is now Tavel. Aquéria planted vines there and built a residence at the beginning of the 1600s, and the area became known by his name. Over the next two centuries the vineyard remained productive, but was sold and subdivided many times; at the beginning of the 18th century the present château was constructed.

Château d'Aquéria is now owned by the son of Jean Olivier, Paul de Bez, and his sons Vincent and Bruno, who over the end of the 1980s renovated the vinification facilities and cellars with the addition of stainless steel fermentation tanks and exact temperature control over wines in storage.