2022 Les Vignerons de Tavel "Cuvée Royale" Tavel Rosé

SKU #1676576 92 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The darkest ruby of the 13 samples I received from the industrious Cave Les Vignerons de Tavel & Lirac, the 2022 Tavel Cuvee Royale kicks off with notions of crushed stone, lime zest and macerated berries. It's full-bodied, concentrated and richly textured, with a long, citrus and berry finish that could actually use a few months to smooth out. (JC) 92+ Inner quote mark (5/2023)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A robust, big-boned style, with expressive wild cherry and cassis flavors. Fruity and concentrated yet also impressively fresh, with mineral tension. The snappy finish is lined with incense, pomegranate tea and wet stone. Grenache, Cinsault, Clairette, Picpoul de Pinet, Syrah, Bourboulenc and Carignan. (KB) Inner quote mark (8/2023)

K&L Notes

What do you get from a region that only produces rosé? Why, some of the best rosés in the world of course. The Tavel appellation is world-renowned for making deep, expressive pink wines, the likes of which are not seen outside of this special (and highly specialized) region. The Cave de Tavel cooperative produces half of the AOC's production volume, and their coterie of small growers take meticulous care of their small plots to ensure the best quality wines are produced from their fruit. This "Cuvee Royale" is all from the galets (large rolled stones) terroirs from their growers. It produces a richer and more full-bodied style of Tavel that has the color of a light red wine but the finesse of a beautiful rosé.

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2023 | Send Email
The wines of Tavel usually arrive a little later in the season than their Provencal counterparts...and that's a good thing! Though these are roses, they have a richness and body that leans towards light red and they can always use a few extra months to settle and unwind. The Cuvee Royale has always been a favorite and the 2022 is no different. It is a full-bodied rose with flavors of cherry, blood orange and a hint of garrigue. There is a silky palate texture and weight that carries the wine through to a long finish. Serve cool but not too chilled to best enjoy the waves of aromatics as they unfold. The Cuvee Royale remains the perfect rose to move us from summer outdoor drinking into early fall flavors.

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