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Tavel AOC

Description to Tavel AOC

Area classified as Cru (top appellation) exclusively for rosé wines in the southern section of the Rhône. It has a long tradition, as the French kings Philip the Fair (1268-1314) and Louis XIV (1638-1715), the Popes of Avignon, as well as the writers Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) and Frédéric Mistral (1830-1914) were already lovers of this "king of rose wines". The vineyards cover almost 1,000 hectares of vineyards on the right bank of the Rhône in the commune of Tavel, as well as in some plots in the commune of Roquemaure in the Gard. The red varieties Calitor, Carignan Noir(Mazuelo), Grenache Noir(Garnacha Tinta), Mourvèdre(Monastrell) and Syrah, as well as the white varieties Bourboulenc, Clairette and Piquepoul Blanc are authorised for the always dry rosé with a maximum alcohol content of 13.5% vol. Carignan may be used up to a maximum of 10%, all others up to a maximum of 60% each. The rosé wine, which is one of the best in the world of this type of wine, is characterised by its oily and spicy taste. Well-known producers are Château d'Aquéria, Domaine Corne-Loup, Domaine la Forcadière, Domaine la Genestrière, Guigal, Domaine Lafond, Domaine Maby, Domaine de la Mordorée, Prieure de Montézargues, Château de Trinquevedel, Le Vieux Moulin de Tavel.

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