2009 Cave de Tavel "Lauzeraies" Tavel SKU #1058146

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Tasting Notes

Rejoice Tavel! In a time when very high quality rosés line our shelves, when pink wines from Spain, the U.S., South Africa, Italy and all over the land of France are finally getting some much deserved attention in the press and from our customers, we must give Tavel its special due. This is the original rosé appellation. In fact, so good is the fabled rosé from Tavel, that by law no other sort of wine can call itself Tavel! Layers of wild strawberries collide with a spicy note, a dash of citrusy acidity and so much fruit and flower aroma, it is almost too much. But then, when paired with foods of the region--fish soups, black olives, rosemary scented meats and poultry, anything combining eggplant and tomatoes...well, it is not too much at all. No, it is darn near perfect. 13.5% abv.

Staff Reviews

  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    7/30/2010
    K&L Staff Member
    Oh, the travails of Tavel, oft-maligned by 'new vogue' rosé drinkers for being, well, somewhere over the top, wherever that is precisely in terms of flavor profile. Speaking of Tavel, this historic Rhône appellation is certainly unique in that only rosé is produced, often with enough richness, brawn and bravado to enjoy with sage-scented sausages. As a rule of tongue I'm generally drawn to lighter Bandol or Provençal pinks, but the Lazeraies, though still several shades darker than a Tempier, is surprisingly bright, clean and fresh on the nose, and not nearly as overwhelming on the palate as more traditional Tavel versions. Fresh strawberries inflected with notes of spice and citrus zest, harmonized by crisp acidity and a touch of tannin, this will wine challenge you to come up with a dish that it will not go with. A cold roast beef sandwich or charcuterie? Sure, why not!
  • Jeremy Bohrer
    By: Jeremy Bohrer
    7/6/2010
    K&L Staff Member
    Awesome!
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    6/22/2010
    K&L Staff Member
    Here is a Tavel with all of the color and intensity of flavor one might expect in these rosés, but also a great degree more finesse and purity of fruit. There is typicity along with the ability to refresh, which for rosé is what it should be all about. If you are new to rosés I'd strongly recommend trying this one. And if you have soured on Tavel for its tendency towards heaviness, try this co-op's version to change your perspective.

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