By: John Majeski
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!