The Tavel appellation covers an area of 9.30 square kilometers of vineyards, located on the right bank of the Rhone in the town of Tavel and a few hectares of the town of Roquemaure (Gard). Located between Avignon and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this appellation produces only rosé, but what a rosé! Elaborated for centuries, the Tavel was the favorite wine of King Philip the Fair and the popes of Avignon.
It was known at the time as “king of roses”, a reputation that still precedes today, as its wines are astonishing in their richness and complexity.
The climate of the area is typically Mediterranean, as for most of the southern Côtes-du-Rhône. The rains are minimal and the sunshine exceptional, with a very marked presence of the mistral, which frequently sweeps the gentle slopes of the slopes and trays that host the vineyard of Tavel.
The soil, composed mainly of sands, clay alluvium and rolled pebbles, has an important filtering capacity very beneficial to the vine. Tavel rosés can be made from many grape varieties, but black Grenache dominates. It is accompanied by Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Calitor and Carignan, to which can be added white grapes (Clairette white and pink, Picpoul, Bourboulenc). With its annual production of 3,910,000 liters, rosé de Tavel is one of the greatest wines of the French wine heritage.
It is a magnificent, powerful and generous wine, deep pink, revealed by the typicality of its terroir and the variety of grape varieties, from which it draws its floral and fruity aromas on the palate. With age, it develops shades of red fruits, grilled almonds and spices, far from the usual simplicity of the rosés of our aperitifs. Tavel AOC recognized in 1936.
A part of important features of Tavel appellation for rose wines are as follows:
- Soil: Sands, clay alluvium and rolled pebbles.
- Taste: Balanced.
- Wine color: Rose.
- Aromas: Floral and fruity.
- Aging potential: 1 – 2 years.
- Serving temperature: 11 to 12° C