2015 Château d'Aqueria Tavel Rose

SKU #1269111 95 points Decanter

 *Platinum Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards* The bouquet is shapely with red fruits and garrigue herbs. The palate extends well with modest berry fruit, strawberry and red cherry at its heart. There is a mineral clarity and a firm acidity which ensures an intense finish. This is a well made wine with classic terrior and style. (JR)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A smokin' effort that readers should check out is the 2015 Tavel Rosé from Chateau d'Aqueria. Made from a mix of Grenache, Clairette, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Syrah, Bourboulenc and Picpoul, it has an elegant, medium-bodied, textured style on the palate to go with ripe aromas and flavors of framboise, black cherries, crushed herbs and a touch of minerality. (JD)  (5/2016)

Vinous

 Bright orange-pink. Aromas and flavors of ripe red berries and blood orange, and a subtle note of pungent flowers in the background. Plush and open-knit, showing good heft and a touch of bitter herbs on the back half. Closes smooth and broad, with good cling and subtle spiciness. (JR)  (6/2016)

K&L Notes

Chateau d'Aqueria is the largest estate in Tavel and their wine production dates back to the 16th century. Under the watchful gaze of Vincent and Bruno de Bez, they assumed the familial duties of running the estate and have installed a state-of-the-art winery on the property. Grapes are hand harvested, destemmed and allowed a brief time to macerate to extract color from the grapes. Composed of Grenache Noir, Clairette, Mourvedre, Syrah, Bourboulenc and Picpoul, each variety is vinified separately and fermented in stainless steel. The wine sees no malolactic or oak contact maintaining the purity of the fruit and the vibrancy of the acidity. The history of the winery and the outstanding execution in the winemaking make d'Aqueria the standard-bearer for the Tavel region.

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/17/2016 | Send Email
I spent a fascinating day in Tavel recently, having one of the best lunches on that trip and being utterly amazed at how little I knew about this appellation. The little cousin that sits across the river from Chateauneuf du Pape has similar terroirs but since they don't make big powerful red or were not the seat of the Papacy at one point, the area does not garner as much attention. Why is that? Because they ONLY make rose. But what a rose to be had. This is red wine drinker rose- richer, robust, more powerful. Almost a lighter bodied red than a rose it seems and the d'Aqueria represents this classic character in the greatest possible way. Now it's most definitely not over-the-top. This still has some of the subtlety we want in rose and definitely its refreshing quality. But this is a contemplative rose. Not really for porch pounding but definitely porch sipping, whiling away the day, reading that summer novel (not the beach one) or perhaps watching the sunset as the warmth of the day slowly subsides. I know when I drink this wine, I will be reminiscing about that day in Tavel and thinking about discovering more of its secrets when I return next year.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2016 | Send Email
This has all the weight and texture that you expect from Tavel but with a bit more lift and freshness, probably due to the spectacular 2015 vintage in the Rhone. Big flavors of juicy watermelon, ripe cherry, citrus and spice end with a resounding mineral slap that keeps this substantial Rose' palate cleansing, food friendly and refreshing. One of the best Tavels I've tasted in a long while.

By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/3/2016 | Send Email
The D'Aqueria is a fantastic value in a knockout Tavel Rose. Beautiful dry cherried fruit from classic Rhone varietals held up by a great structure of acidity and light tannins. Medium weight and the perfect bottle for summer.
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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5