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).