Showing posts with label Tavel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tavel. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

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.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011



Much about the featured painter, Daniele Buisson, on the label but not so much about the wine from Tavel. It is Rosé, as that is all they produce in this southern Rhone village. 

The nose is slightly shy, yet aromatic. On the palate it is dry and the fruit, after a shy shakehands, begins to blossom and you find yourself sipping a smooth and flavoursome wine. Tavel wines are dry and tend to have more body and structure than most rosés.

Tavel promotes itself, not in a shy way, as the Best Rosé in France and it is certainly a contender. But there are many such contenders further south in Provence where virtually each wine village produces a very presentable rosé. I especially liked the one from Mas de la Dame.

On a recent visit to Tavel, I bought this Cuvee a la Peinteure. But they do have another ace up their sleeve and the helpful lady in the Vignerons de Tavel premises produced it, though not from under her sleeve! In my humble opinion, then and now, the Cuvee Royale was better and didn't cost a whole lot more. This may well be the best in France!

It is grown in a different part of Tavel on the smooth round stones also found in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and is located east of the town in the direction of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Irish stockists of Tavel, not necessarily my tastings, include Power and Smullen and O’Briens  

For more on my visit to Tavel, and the strange little animal I saw after lunch (and the tastings!), click here.