2009 Cave de Tavel "Lauzeraies" Tavel

SKU #1058146

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. 13.5% abv.


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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/30/2010 | Send Email
Oh, the travails of Tavel, oft-maligned by 'new vogue' rosé drinkers for being, well, somewhere over the top, wherever that is precisely in terms of flavor profile. Speaking of Tavel, this historic Rhône appellation is certainly unique in that only rosé is produced, often with enough richness, brawn and bravado to enjoy with sage-scented sausages. As a rule of tongue I'm generally drawn to lighter Bandol or Provençal pinks, but the Lazeraies, though still several shades darker than a Tempier, is surprisingly bright, clean and fresh on the nose, and not nearly as overwhelming on the palate as more traditional Tavel versions. Fresh strawberries inflected with notes of spice and citrus zest, harmonized by crisp acidity and a touch of tannin, this will wine challenge you to come up with a dish that it will not go with. A cold roast beef sandwich or charcuterie? Sure, why not!

By: Jeremy Bohrer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/6/2010 | Send Email
Awesome!

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2010 | Send Email
Here is a Tavel with all of the color and intensity of flavor one might expect in these rosés, but also a great degree more finesse and purity of fruit. There is typicity along with the ability to refresh, which for rosé is what it should be all about. If you are new to rosés I'd strongly recommend trying this one. And if you have soured on Tavel for its tendency towards heaviness, try this co-op's version to change your perspective.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5