Grapes: 45 % Grenache Noir & blanc, 21% Clairette, 15% Cinsault, 8% Mourvèdre, 6% Syrah, 5% Bourboulenc
Grapes of exceptional quality from a noble terroir allow Château d’Aqueria to craft a quintessential Tavel, widely appreciated as the finest wine of its appellation. 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 to extract color. The varieties are blended two by two to enhance aromatic complexity. This is a key step in crafting these Tavel wines as this maceration extracts color, structure and matter. Once the ideal color has been obtained, the entire tank is bled. The must is then added back to the free-run juice. The grapes are then pressed and each variety is vinified separately, undergoing temperature-controlled maceration and fermentation in stainless steel vats for 15 days. The wines see no malolactic fermentation and no oak contact. The winemaker assembles an initial blend in November and then a second blending takes place in January before bottling.
Wine Enthusiast2019 vintage
Ken's Wine Guide.com2019 vintage
The vines remained in winter dormancy slightly longer than usual. As a result, bud break and the first signs of growth were approximately ten days later in 2019 than in a classic year. Springtime was marked by strong winds and unexpectedly cool temperatures which also affected flowering. Despite the emergence of good clusters, there was significant coulure of the Grenache, a grape that is inherently sensitive. This was the harbinger of a small harvest. As of mid-June, summer heat became intense and the vines quickly caught up from their oversleeping. Very quickly, drought conditions prevailed. The grape harvest got started, as in past years, on 4 September. The extreme heat of the summer led to grape berries that were small but extremely healthy and sound. The sunny weather in September enabled the grapes to reach perfect phenolic maturity enabling us to obtain the very best from the fruit. In the cellar, the quality more than makes up for the small harvest. The juices were rich in flavors and showed huge concentration on the palate. One of the specificities at Aqueria, our blend includes approximately 30% of the white grapes which add freshness and delicacy to this year’s strong character.
Its deep aromatic complexity and its very special balance are the hallmarks of a great wine. Slightly lighter in hue than previous years, its robe is a dazzling ruby color. The attack on notes of spice opens onto a cocktail of red fruit and white fruit. Gorgeous generous mouth where the wide diversity of aromas of fruits combines with a structure that defines the balance of this wine.
Delicious with lamb curry, poultry in cream sauce, bouillabaisse, paella, Asian cuisine, goat cheeses.
GRAPES: 45 % Grenache Noir & blanc, 21% Clairette, 15% Cinsault, 8% Mourvèdre, 6% Syrah, 5% Bourboulenc
ACIDITY: 3.01 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.