RKS 2023 Wine: The French Blush from Tavel! The Great Compromise

We have one of those darker pinkies which will reduce the anxiety of red wine drinkers not drinking red wine with this Rosé in their glass! Yet it might cause a fright to white wine drinkers. Is Tavel Rosé the Great Compromise?

Aroma: A very large raspberry assault. And since the blend is Syrah, Clairette and Grenache the latter offers its ripe strawberry influence.

Palate: Full bodied Rosé indeed with excellent and sophisticated tannic grip yet it could be a full-bodied white! A great compromise and everyone should like the raspberry/strawberry combo. A long finish.

Personality: If wine was the corporate world I would be one of these big powerful executives earning 6,047 times more than those lowly thin wimpy pink Rosés!

Food match: Why not a Montreal style bagel with smoked salmon? This wine can certainly handle grilled chicken marinated in beer, cayenne, Merquen, cinnamon and paprika.

Cellarbility: The wine will peak in time for roast turkey or baked ham for 2023 Christmas. It can coast through 2025.

Price: $24.95 (Ontario).

RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 92/100.

(Château D’Aqueria Tavel 2022 Cru des Côtes-du-Rhone, AP Tavel, Château D’Aqueria, Tavel, France, 750 mL, 14%, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 319368).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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