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Since the domaine lies just across the river from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, it makes sense that Grenache is the main grape in Tavel rosé, with a bit of Mourvèdre for color and body. This substantial rosé can easily replace red at your summer table, and if you stash a few bottles—and you should—it will also serve you well at the feasts and gatherings of autumn.
|Blend:||45% Grenache, 24% Cinsault, 15% Clairette, 10% Mourvèdre, 6% Syrah|
|Producer:||Château de Trinquevedel|
|Vineyard:||Average of 32 years, 27 ha|
|Soil:||Sand, Marl, Limestone, Clay with quartz|
|Aging:||Wine is aged in enamel-lined, stainless-steel cuves for 6 to 9 months|
I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.
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