2015 Château d'Aqueria Tavel Rose
*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)
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)
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)
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.