Chateau D'Aqueria Tavel Rose 2009
Rosé from Tavel, Rhone, France
An intense ruby red color. Complex end powerful on the nose with notes of red fruit (strawberry, raspberry). In the mouth it is round and chewy, with pleasant mineral notes combined with aromas of red fruits. A lovely finish with a balance of complexity and freshness.
International Wine Cellar - "Deep, lurid pink. Assertive aromas of raspberry and cherry preserves, with complicating notes of pungent herbs and dried rose. A bit jammy, with soft red berry preserve flavors turning firmer with air, and showing a chewy texture and a deeper cherry skin quality. Finishes with good breadth and a touch of warmth. On the rich side, with the power to work with poultry or even red meats. This would pair well with smoked pork or brisket."
Chateau D'Aqueria Winery
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. View all Chateau D'Aqueria Wines
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Notable FactsGrenache reigns as the primary varietal for the Tavel blends. Cinsault, Mourvedre, Syrah & a few other Rhone varieties are often used in smaller amounts. Flavors found in good Tavel wines are spice & berries - nothing reminiscent of the sweet rosés you used to find in the US. Perfect for a hearty meal on a hot night, or an apéritif on a warm afternoon.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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2 ratings, 2 with reviewsR. Rundt - Plano, TX512/24/2010Unlike any other rose I've ever had, this was totally refreshing. Loaded w/ strawberries. A true delight. Will be serving Christmas Day.511/10/2010Having eschewed any "pink" wine for many years, we decided to try a Tavel rose after having read an article about it. Our first encounter with its nose was amazing! Scents of strawberries and red raspberries fairly exploded out of the glass. The flavor was even better. This wine is dry and full in the mouth with wonderful flavor of the red berries. The finish is smooth and medium, but the scent of the wine remains in one's nose long after the drinking is over. This is a wonderful wine, full-bodied and delicious. The Tavel rose mystique is well earned.