Grapes: 45% Grenache Noir, 20% Clairette, 15% Cinsault, 8% Mourvèdre, 6% Syrah, 4% Bourboulenc, 2% Picpoul
Grapes are handpicked from Château d’Aqueria’s own vineyards, which span 163 acres across the sandy slopes of Tavel. The mesoclimate is ideal for cultivating Grenache and crafting crisp, fresh rosé wines. Using its cutting-edge weather station located in the heart of the vineyards, Château d’Aqueria precisely monitors weather conditions and adjusts vineyard practices accordingly. The grapes are hand harvested and destemmed, followed by a maceration of 12 to 36 hours to extract color. The grapes are then pressed and each variety is vinified separately, undergoing temperature-controlled maceration and fermentation in stainless steel vats. The wines see no malolactic fermentation and no oak contact, but spend six months on the lees in stainless steel. The winemaker assembles an initial blend in November and then a second blending takes place in January before bottling.
Wine Advocate2017 vintage
International Rose Drink Pink Wine Competition2017 vintage
The 2017 vintage was marked by an early start, erratic flowering and warm, dry conditions that resulted in smaller crops and an earlier-than-usual harvest. A mild winter the ended with warm February and March temperatures set the stage. This was followed by May rains with quickly increasing temperatures; the season then ran ahead of schedule through harvest. While the unpredictable season produced quality grapes, yields were notably down. The harvest began in early September, ahead of the 2016 harvest. With the warm temperatures and dry conditions ripening the smaller berries at a fast pace, the key in 2017 was to wait for full maturity, rather than picking on the early-rising sugars. Despite the season, wines are balanced with correct acidities and a nice maturity.
Wonderfully structured with red fruit aromas and notes of spice. Great fullness, fleshy and round with our signature lingering, fresh finish, the expression of our greatest terroirs.
Delicious with lamb curry, poultry in cream sauce, bouillabaisse, paella, Asian cuisine, goat cheeses.
GRAPES: 45% Grenache Noir, 20% Clairette, 15% Cinsault, 8% Mourvèdre, 6% Syrah, 4% Bourboulenc, 2% Picpoul
ACIDITY: 2.93 g/L
points of distinction
- The standard-bearer of the Tavel region
- A serious rosé with impact and presence on the palate
- A Grenache-based blend of grapes typical of the southern Rhône Valley
about the grape +
Grenache is loaded with dense, lusty aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackcurrant, jam, pepper and licorice, with a palate-coating texture and high alcohol.
Winemaker Vincent de Bez has been working for the family winery since 1977, with his father Paul and brother Bruno.