2016 Vouvray “Le Portail”Champalou
France | Loire
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The singular Tavel AOP stands out not just for its production of bright red rosé but also because it happens to be the only appellation in France from which blanc and rouge are excluded. For winemakers Guillaume and Céline Demoulin, this means all their best plots from the hilltops of the Montagne Noire are destined for one heady blend of Grenache, Clairette, Cinsault, Syrah, and Mourvèdre. This dark, autumnal rosé is a beacon of tradition in a sea of paler styles. Its bold, yet versatile personality can carry a meal from the heartiest apéritif of rich rillettes or briny black tapenade all the way through meatier courses like crispy whole fish or garlicky spring lamb.
|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|
Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.
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