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2013 Château d'Aquéria, Tavel Rosé

2013 Château d'Aquéria, Tavel Rosé

Rose | Drink now | Chateau d'Aqueria | Code:  26680 | 2013 | France > Rhône > Tavel | Southern Rhône Blend | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 14.0 % alcohol


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The Producer

Chateau d'Aqueria

Chateau d'Aqueria

Jean Olivier purchased Château d'Aquéria in 1920 and began to reassemble the original vineyard parcels surrounding the château. It is one of 45 estates in the appellation, but one of only four properties in Tavel which is a domaine in the sense that its vineyards are contiguous as opposed to lying on holdings scattered throughout the appellation.

Château d'Aquéria is also the largest of the four, covering 244 acres of which 161 are planted in vines. Of these, 120 acres are under production in Tavel and the balance under production in red and white Lirac. Production in Tavel averages 24,500 cases annually, with that in Lirac Rouge and Blanc at 4,500 and 1,000 cases, respectively.

Château d'Aquéria is now owned by the son of Jean Olivier, Paul de Bez, and his sons Vincent and Bruno, who over the end of the 1980s renovated the vinification facilities and cellars with the addition of stainless steel fermentation tanks and exact temperature control over wines in storage

The Grape

Southern Rhône Blend

Southern Rhône Blend

The vast majority of wines from the Southern Rhône are blends. There are 5 main black varieties, although others are used and the most famous wine of the region, Châteauneuf du Pape, can be made from as many as 13 different varieties. Grenache is the most important grape in the southern Rhône - it contributes alcohol, warmth and gentle juicy fruit and is an ideal base wine in the blend. Plantings of Syrah in the southern Rhône have risen dramatically in the last decade and it is an increasingly important component in blends. It rarely attains the heights that it does in the North but adds colour, backbone, tannins and soft ripe fruit to the blend.

The much-maligned Carignan has been on the retreat recently but is still included in many blends - the best old vines can add colour, body and spicy fruits. Cinsault is also backtracking but, if yields are restricted, can produce moderately well-coloured wines adding pleasant-light fruit to red and rosé blends. Finally, Mourvèdre, a grape from Bandol on the Mediterranean coast, has recently become an increasingly significant component of Southern Rhône blends - it often struggles to ripen fully but can add acidity, ripe spicy berry fruits and hints of tobacco to blends.

The Region


Favoured by France’s ‘Sun King’, Louis XIV, and praised by Balzac and Mistral, Tavel is France's most famous rosé although, it must be said, not its best. As you would expect, such heritage is rightly flaunted in the town of Tavel, and often adds a euro or so onto the price of a bottle. Nevertheless, in the hands of the top estates, it does remain worthy of its lofty reputation, combining a lovely vitality with complexity and concentration.

Lying across the river from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this most southerly of the true Rhône appellations only permits dry rosé wines to be made under its name. The wines are full-bodied and dominated by Grenache and Cinsault, which gives them an appearance of slight sweetness – even though they are bone dry. Tavel should be aromatic and fresh with fine fruit, and is at its best when enjoyed young and chilled with food. Sadly, in the hands of too many ‘traditional’ producers, it can taste tired and past-it before it is even sold.

Unlike many other appellations in the Rhône, this is no hotbed of innovation or fantastic value, but happily there remain a few genuinely quality-minded estates that do the appellation proud. 


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