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Tavel Wine

Autumn colors in Tavel
(© Christophe Grilhé)

Tavel is an appellation of the southern Rhone valley, unique in its specialization in dry rosé wines. The vineyards that produce the appellation's wines are located around the town of Tavel, just south-west of Orange and north-west of Avignon.

The soils here are mostly stony and sandy and boast excellent drainage qualities, which force the vines to dig deep, strong root systems in search of water and nutriment. There are areas of limestone which generate the lighter, more-delicate element of the otherwise robust rosés, and patches of red, iron-rich soils which fill out the palate with richer, earthier notes.

A hot, dry Mediterranean climate means that the grapes have no difficulty in reaching full phenolic ripeness here. It is this that brings the unique depth of flavor to the resulting wines, coupled with extended skin contact during fermentation. Soaking the skins of the red grapes with the juice allows it to develop the deep pink color and higher tannin levels characteristic of Tavel wines.

The wines are made predominantly from the Grenache, Syrah and Clairette varieties and are intended to be drunk chilled, as a more complex alternative to white wines during the hot summer months. Much of the output is released as 'Primeur' wine, as early as the third Thursday in November – a date imposed by appellation laws across France and applied more famously to the Beaujolais Nouveau. These wines in particular are consumed chilled and are not suitable for ageing. Standard Tavel rose, when cellared correctly, will improve for several years in bottle.

The popularity and renown of these rosés have led to an increase in the area devoted to its production and sometimes inordinate price hikes. The popularity of the wine style reached its peak in the middle of the 20th Century, and is increasing again in the early years of the new millennium.

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We found 60 wines produced in this region.
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Grape 
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Chateau d'Aqueria Tavel Rose, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $18 4537
Domaine de la Mordoree Tavel La Dame Rousse Rose, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $25 6977
E. Guigal Tavel Rose, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $18 11295
Domaine Lafond Tavel Roc-Epine Rose, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $17 12004
Chateau de Trinquevedel Tavel Cuvee Traditionelle Rose, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $18 12851
Chateau de Segries Tavel Rose, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $20 13063
Prieure de Montezargues Tavel Rose, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $18 16065
Les Vignerons de Tavel 'Tavel' Les Lauzeraies Rose, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $11 22589
Paul Jaboulet Aine L'Espiegle Tavel Rose, Rhone, France Cinsaut - Grenache - Syrah $18 31079
M. Chapoutier Tavel Beaurevoir Rose, Rhone, France Grenache (Garnacha) $18 31443
Domaine Pelaquie Tavel Rose, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $15 32070
Domaine l'Anglore Tavel Rose, Rhone, France Grenache (Garnacha) $18 37332
Les Vignerons de Tavel 'Tavel' Domaine des Carteresses Rose, Rhone, France Grenache (Garnacha) $15 38160
Garcin-Layouni Domaine la Genestiere Tavel Rose, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $11 39390
Perrin & Fils Tavel Rose, Rhone, France Grenache - Mourvedre - Syrah $18 39390
Brotte Tavel Les Eglantiers Rose, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $17 39696
Domaine Maby Tavel La Forcadiere Rose, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $15 39984
Maison Mejan Taulier Tavel Canto Perdrix Rose, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $13 43127
Skalli Maison Henry Bouachon Tavel La Rouviere Rose, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $20 47780
Les Vignerons de Tavel 'Tavel' Cuvee Royale Rose, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $11 48769
Domaine Longval Tavel Rose, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $15 50793
Domaine Maby Tavel Prima Donna Rose, Rhone, France Cinsaut - Grenache $15 53063
Domaine la Rocaliere Tavel Rose, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $11 54936
Domaine Moulin la Viguerie Tavel Rose, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $11 56848
J. Vidal-Fleury Tavel Rose, Rhone, France Southern Rhone Red Blend $27 56848
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