Grapes: 50% Grenache Noir, Blanc and Gris, 20% Cinsault, 20% Carignan, 10% Clairette Blanche and Rosée
Cellar: Native yeast fermentation, unfined, unfiltered, very low added sulphur
Once revered as one of the great wines of France, the reputation of Tavel declined in recent years. However, on the magnificent limestone terroir of this Southern Rhone appellation, which borders Châteauneuf-du-Pape, sensitive farming and vinification can produce spectacular results. Although technically a rosé, this drinks like a lightish red. The fruit is ripe and very pure - think black cherries with hints of bay and juniper - and despite the low acidity still feels fresh and so drinkable. Best served slightly cold and perfect with Mediterranean cuisine.