King of the Rosés

King of the Rosés
Tavel, Cuvée Royale 2010, 13.5%, France

Tavel, in the Rhone valley, is fairly close to Avignon and the Cuvée Royale is a vineyard selection from vines grown on pebbles (not little ones but quite big rounded stones - see pic below). Tavel is one of the eight Crus of the Southern Rhone and makes only Rosés and boasts that it makes the best in France.

This particular wine, that I enjoyed with veal at the weekend, is redder than most rosés, but still see-through as you can see in the photo. Red fruits dominate the nose and, on the palate, it is round and full bodied (much more so than the usual rosé). It has beautiful strong flavours and a dry finish.

Rigorous quality control in terms of yield, vine age and vinification lead to this exceptional full bodied wine, produced by Les Vignerons de Tavel where I bought it in the summer of 2010. For more on my visit to Tavel, and the strange little animal I saw after the tastings!, click here.

Power & Smullen Wine Merchants Ltd, and O'Brien's, are among those selling Tavel wines in Ireland.