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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|
Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch