Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Chateau de Trirquevedel Tavel Rosé 2013

Last night I tasted for the very first time The Chateau de Trirquevedel Tavel Rosé. This wine has a long and glorious history. Favorite wine of Louis XIV and celebrated by author Balzac, I felt that I had to pay my tributes before I had my first sip. I love the deep pink color, very different than the traditional Provencial rosés. Tavel is the only A.O.C entirely made up of rosé, which prohibits any whites or reds from wearing the label of this Southern Rhône cru. This wine is a blend of 56% Grenache Noir, 20% Cinsault, 10% Clairette, 4% Syrah, 4% Bourbelenc, 3% Mourvèdre, 3% Grenache Blanc.

This said to be one of the best rosés of Southern Rhone, was dry with balanced acidity, pleasantly juicy and with red-fruit flavors that you can't miss. I would definitely recommend it even if it was slightly oversold by my friends and its historic timeline. I would like the fruits riper but all the same, it is an awesome choice for a hot summer day. Pair it with a light salad or slices of cheese. 
PS: Glasses were chosen with a practical angle as the wine was enjoyed at the park so they had to be different!


Unknown said...

I see from your photos that this was the 2013 vintage was was notoriously bad, resulting in light and high acid wines. Your friends were most likely referring to better vintages when Tavel is "fit for a king". Sadly this was not the case in 2013. Also Hemingway was a fan but I cant find his quotes on the wine. Anyone know what they were?