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2021 Tavel “La Combe des Rieu”

Gaël Petit
Discount Eligible $34.00

This ruby-colored southern Rhône Valley rosé is from Tavel, the only appellation devoted exclusively to rosé production. Deep and complex, it could be treated like a red and described similarly: black cherry, tart cranberry, woodsy spice. But the texture of La Combe des Rieu is distinctly more delicate and thirst-quenching in a way that a red (with more tannin) could never imitate. Crushed strawberry and wet stone on the palate—I love to pair it with extra-dry saucisson and creamy cheeses, or, for the main course, try it with pork tenderloin on a bed of warm polenta.

Technical Information
Wine Type: Rosé
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan
Appellation: Tavel
Winemaker: Gaël Petit
Vineyard: Planted in 1950s, 1976, 1.42 ha
Soil: Limestone scree, clay
Alcohol: 14.5%
Inspiring Thirst

A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!

Inspiring Thirst, page 117