50% Grenache, 50% Cinsault
Just south of Lirac, the Tavel is exclusively dedicated to the production of rosé wine.
In 1936, it became the first French appellation for rosé wine. Tavel, now joined by Bandol, has long
been regarded as the premier rosé appellation in France. The wines are based on Grenache and
generally blended with Syrah, Mourvedre and/or Cinsault, and finished in a dry, full bodied style.
Tavel is one of the few rosé wines that can improve with bottle age.
Southern Rhône Valley, France
The production of Tavel rosé is made using the traditional method in
which the grapes are partially pressed and the juice is allowed to soak on the skins for 24 to 48 hours
under cool temperature. After the pressing is completed, the juice is allowed to settle and then
undergoes temperature-controlled fermentation. The young wine is aged for 4 to 6 months in
stainless steel tanks to maximize freshness and vivacity, then bottled.