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. The grapes are then pressed before the fermentation undergoing temperature-controlled maceration and fermentation in stainless steel vats for 15 days. This wine see no malolactic fermentation and no oak contact. A second blend take place in December before bottling.

89 Points
Wine Spectator
2020 vintage
89 Points
Ken's Wine
2020 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2020 vintage can best be described as a challenging vintage that was very small quantity-wise, but very good quality-wise. The season started out with heavy frost in late March and crystallized nearly 75 acres of sprouting leaves, resulting in partial crop loss. Come springtime, the clusters blossomed in ideal conditions with no coulure. A dry summer and moderate temperatures resulted in regular, steady ripening and the harvest began in early September. The 2020 vintage is marked by great concentration, richly flavorful juices, and superb substance for the rosés.
Tasting Note
Its deep aromatic complexity and very special balance are the hallmarks of a great wine. This wine features a robe that is a dazzling ruby color. Notes of spice open onto a cocktail of red and white fruit on the nose. On the palate, there is a gorgeous, generous mouth feel with a wide diversity of fruit and exceptional structure and balance that define this wine.
Food Pairing
Delicious with lamb curry, poultry in cream sauce, bouillabaisse, paella, Asian cuisine, goat cheeses.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 45% Grenache, 20% Clairette, 15% Cinsault, 8% Mourvèdre, 6% Syrah, 4% Bourboulenc, 2% Picpoul
PH: 3.42
ACIDITY: 3.01 g/l
ABV: 14.6%
AGING: Stainless Steel
Unique Selling Points
  • A Grenache-based blend of grapes typical of the southern Rhône Valley
  • Awarded highest level of the High Environmental Value certification starting in 2017

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.
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