A historic vineyard, the Prieuré de Montézargues was originally a monastery dating from 1199. The property covers 84 acres and is sheltered from the Mistral wind by the Montagne Noire mountain range. The original stone priory buildings blend seamlessly into the landscape, forming a micro-terroir and the unique personality of the Montézargues estate wines. This micro-terroir is composed of sandy soils coved by a layer of ‘galets’ - large, round, well-worn stones that were carried down from the Alps by glaciers during the last ice age. Grapes are hand-harvested early in the morning and carefully sorted. The grapes undergo direct pressing in a pneumatic press for three hours. After fermentation at a low temperature, the wine is blended and aged on fine lees for four months in stainless steel vats.

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2021 vintage
92 Points
Harvest Note
The 2022 vintage in France was marked by very hot temperatures and severe drought in all vineyards. There were no climatic events in the vineyards, but the harvest began early. Overall, the quantity obtained was normal despite the heat wave.
Tasting Note
A bright cherry pink, this Tavel rosé shows aromas of ripe peaches, strawberries and orange peel. On the palate, this complex and balanced wine has notes of anise and grapefruit with a mineral streak. It has good length and finishes with zesty lime notes.
Technical Data
GRAPES: Grenache Noir, Blanc & Gris (50%), Mourvèdre (15%), Cinsault (15%), Syrah (10%), Clairette (10%)
APPELLATION: Tavel
PH: 3.55
ACIDITY: 4.59 g/l
ABV: 14%
AGING: 4 months in stainless steel vats on fine lees
Unique Selling Points
  • A historic vineyard, Prieuré de Montézargues was originally a monastery from 1199
  • Tavel rosés are flavorful, food-friendly, and cherry pink
  • Tavel became France’s first rosé AOC in 1936
  • Vineyards are certified AB Organic

About the Grape

Cinsaut
Ripe and meaty over elegant, with rose and almond notes, Cinsault’s relatively low tannins typically relegate it to blends with other varieties, as with Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Tavel Rosé.
Clairette
Vinified carefully, Clairette produces a light, floral and fruity wine. Used in sparkling wine and in blends, including Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Tavel Rosé, Côtes-du-Rhône and Lirac.
Grenache
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.
Grenache Blanc
This grape can produce an attractive, fleshy, generously fruity wine with a fragrance of flowers and dill.
Syrah
Syrah has seductively dense, rich, chewy black berry aromas and flavors, with notes of tar, wood smoke, bacon, leather, chocolate, and sometimes violets. The tannins are firm yet elegant.
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