Prieure de Montezargues Tavel Rose 2011
Rosé from Tavel, Rhone, France
In the glass, Prieure de Montezargues Tavel Rose is a pretty pale pink with violet glints. The nose is intense with notes of grapefruit, pear and red fruits: cherry and raspberry. A crisp mouth; round, full bodied, a nice balance and a velvety feel. The finish is long with hints of peach and red fruit.
Blend: 55% Grenaches (red and white), 30%, Cinsault, 13% Clairette, 2% Others (Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Bourboulenc)
The Wine Advocate - "A blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Cinsault, and the rest the white grape Clairette, the 2011 Rose can fill a small room with its aromas of raspberries, spring flowers, roasted herbs and strawberries. A gorgeously dry, medium to full-bodied rose, it is a fabulous foil for hot, humid weather, Chinese dishes, or even sushi and a brilliant example of just what terrific quality is available from a top estate in this region. Prieure de Montezargues is one of only about 30 independent growers in the large (over 2,000-acre) appellation of Tavel, where most of the production is dominated by cooperatives."
Prieure de Montezargues Winery
Near Tavel, concealed by a forest of Holm oaks and Scots pine, and protected from the Mistral by the Montagne Noire ("Black Mountain"), Montezargues Priory quietly ripens its grapes on sandy slopes that run down to Pujaut Pond.
Eight varieties flourish in the Provencal sunshine: Grenache Noir and Grenache Blanc, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Clairette and Bourboulenc. View all Prieure de Montezargues Wines
About TavelView a map of Tavel wineries (tah-VEHL)
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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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.