I tried to come up with more clever heading, something like a ‘Rose by any other name…’ but just not that creative.  Oh well…  Tavel Map

The Cradle of French Rose is of course Tavel – the small town that lies just to the northeast of Avignon on the right bank of the Rhone.   Tavel’s sole designation is for Rose wines which are made from a blend of red and white grapes –  Grenache, Cinsault (15% minimum), Syrah, Mourvedre, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Carignan (10% maximum), Calitor (this is a new one to me).  And, no varietal may exceed 60%.  Tavel received A.O.C. confirmation in 1936.

Chateau de Segries 2008 Tavel –  A blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 15% Clairette and 5% Syrah.  Owned and operated by the Henri de Lanzac family since 1994.  I believe this Tavel was about $17/bottle at FineWine in Gaithersburg, MD.  Dark strawberry color with a beautiful nose of ripe strawberries, raspberries, flint and floral aromas.  The floral aroma was a common flower, but I really don’t know my flowers and couldn’t place the smell.  Lighter than expected mouth feel with tastes of more red fruit, mineral and a distinctive lime finish.

Tavel RoseThis wine was on the high-end of what I like to pay for a Rose, but definitely tasty and paired well with the weather and spicy pepperoni pizza from CPK across from the hotel.

Now that summer is upon us, the timing is ideal for Rose… and in particular a Tavel which are food friendly and make perfect sipping wines for warm nights on the deck.


UPDATE – John over at Anything Wine also reviewed this one as well:   http://anythingwine.wordpress.com/2009/06/09/tuesday-quick-sip-%e2%80%93-2008-chateau-de-segries-tavel-rose/

A great buy for summer.