Domaine Lafond Roc-Epine Tavel Rose 2018
This unique rosé can be drink during a whole meal. Its color is the typicality of the appellation. The nose is very aromatic and fruity and in the mouth, it’s smooth with pleasant tannins and spicy notes.
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The 2018 Tavel here is one of the vintage's top successes, boasting expressive aromas of fresh strawberries, melons and lime juice. It's medium to full-bodied, silky on the palate and long and elegant on the finish, showing exemplary finesse.
Bright orange. Mineral-accented cherry and citrus fruit aromas are complemented by building herb and floral nuances. Concentrated and sappy in the mouth, offering juicy red currant, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors that slowly turn sweeter on the back half. The mineral note returns on the long, penetrating finish, which hangs on with very good tenacity.
The only all-rosé appellation in the Rhone, a Tavel comes in many hues from light salmon to bright pink and is said to be the only rosé that can actually age—and improve. The rosé wines of Tavel have a great historic reputation, having been favored by King Louis XIV in the 18th century, as well as famous authors, Balzac and Mistral.
Tavel are always dry but the high percentage of the fruity Grenache (30-60% of the blend by law) and even Cinsault, give charming aromas and flavors that make them feel "almost sweet." A great Tavel rosé will have a bouquet suggestive of rose petals, apricot, strawberry and red currant. The palate may be fleshy, round and layered but is always fresh and balanced.
Whether it’s playful and fun or savory and serious, most rosé today is not your grandmother’s White Zinfandel, though that category remains strong. Pink wine has recently become quite trendy, and this time around it’s commonly quite dry. Since the pigment in red wines comes from keeping fermenting juice in contact with the grape skins for an extended period, it follows that a pink wine can be made using just a brief period of skin contact—usually just a couple of days. The resulting color depends on grape variety and winemaking style, ranging from pale salmon to deep magenta.