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Wine Worth the Price: Three French Rosés, Part Three


Chateau de Segries Tavel Rosé 2008, oh glorious Tavel Rosé!

I saved the best in our three-part Rosé series for last.  This Rosé is a bit pricier than the previous two, but worth it, and I’ll tell you why.

Tavel is a wine region in France (part of the southern Rhone region across the Rhône River from Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC, and just north of Avignon) known for its Rosé. In fact, Tavel’s sole designation is for Rosé wines.

What this means is that, while in other wine regions producers save their best vines for red and make Rosé only afterwards, if they make it at all, in Tavel, Rosé comes first (and second, and third, and ONLY). You see, no other wine is made here — which is why Tavel has been referred to as “the cradle of French Rosé.”  Rosé is simply what they DO there, and very well.

(Imagine how good you’d get at making chocolate cake if that is all you ever made, and ever thought about making, and ever wanted to make, and you made nothing else.  Ever.  Imagine how very good that chocolate cake would be.  Well, Tavel Rosé is like that. But better, because it’s wine. Yeah.)

Not to mention, only about 200,000 bottles of Tavel Rosé come to the U.S. each year, making it really special.

And too, the terroir of Tavel is unique, with its low rainfall, summer heat and protective winds of the mistral, which combine to produce rich and hearty grapes.

Which means Tavel wines are dry and tend to have more body and structure than most rosés. Having drunk many, many Rosés over the last few years, I wholeheartedly agree.

So think of Tavel Rosé as the champagne of Rosés, the Christian Louboutin of Rosés, the Hermes of Rosés, or, for an American-themed analogy, the Cadillac of Rosés . . . you get the picture.

In any case, if you want to try one of the finest expressions in the Rosé category, seek out a Tavel Rosé, and be in love.  I am.  : )

Chateau de Segries Tavel Rosé 2008
Côtes du Rhône – Lirac -Tavel (Rhône Valley)

Critical acclaim (from Robert Parker):
“The brilliant 2008 Tavel (50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 15% Clairette, and 5% Syrah) is a big-boned, brawny, dry rose with plenty of flavor. It cuts a savory, heady feel across the palate. Enjoy it over the next 8-12 months. ”
90 Points
The Wine Advocate

Tasting note from
Lovely, light and flavorful, with cherries, raspberries and a touch of orange zest. Clean and fresh, with good balancing acidity. A complete wine. Excellent with food.
50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 15% Clairette, 5% Syrah

I found this wine locally at Divine Wines, for $21.99.

Divine Wines
6400 Carolina Beach Rd # 7
Wilmington, NC 28412-2957
(910) 791-1251

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