2010 Cave de Tavel "Lauzeraies" Tavel
Rejoice Tavel! In a time when very high quality rosés line our shelves, when pink wines from Spain, the U.S., South Africa, Italy and all over the land of France are finally getting some much deserved attention in the press and from our customers, we must give Tavel its special due. This is the original rosé appellation. In fact, so good is the fabled rosé from Tavel, that by law no other sort of wine can call itself Tavel! Layers of wild strawberries collide with a spicy note, a dash of citrusy acidity and so much fruit and flower aroma, it is almost too much. But then, when paired with foods of the region--fish soups, black olives, rosemary scented meats and poultry, anything combining eggplant and tomatoes...well, it is not too much at all. No, it is darn near perfect. According to the Wine Spectator: "Well-focused, with winey red currant and mulled strawberry notes and a long, taut, mineral-framed finish that stretches out nicely. Drink now." (07/11) 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Cinsault, 10% Mourvedre. 14%abv.