Chateau d'Aqueria Tavel Rosé 2020 - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake
Chateau d'Aqueria Tavel Rosé 2020
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Chateau d'Aqueria Tavel Rosé 2020

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Château d’Aquéria has been making wines in the famed Tavel appellation since the end of the 16th century, when monks from the Abbey of Villeneuve-les-Avignon transferred a large tract of land to the Count of Aquéria. Aquéria planted vines on lands that have continued to flourish over the past 400 years. Today, Vincent and Bruno de Bez have built a state-of-the-art winery on the site. Grapes of exceptional quality from such a noble terroir allow Château d’Aquéria to craft a quintessential Tavel, widely appreciated as the finest wine of its appellation.

Tavel’s soils are distinct in that, in contrast to the red, stony soils on the left bank of the Rhône, Tavel's are characterized by hillocks of sand over a chalky clay subsoil, very well drained and without limestone content. The long growing season and intense, sunny summers yield fruit of extraordinary ripeness, concentration and richness in sugar, such that alcohol levels in the wine are restricted by the appellation to 13.5%. Aquéria is the largest estate of Tavel, with 244 acres of which 161 are planted in vines. The estate is also one of only a handful that possesses a contiguous domaine rather than scattered growing plots. 

The venerable Château d'Aquéria is today a cutting-edge observer of natural rhythms. The winery maintains a weather station in the vineyard in order to read and respond to real-time weather conditions. Environmentally friendly farming practices include the use of organic fertilizer and allowing grass between the rows to moderate the vigor of the vines.

Grapes are handpicked from Château d’Aquéria’s own vineyards for this wine, in a mesoclimate ideal for cultivating Grenache and crafting crisp, fresh rosé wines. The grapes are destemmed, followed by a maceration to extract color. The grapes are then pressed and each variety is vinified separately, undergoing temperature-controlled maceration and fermentation in stainless steel vats. The wines see no malolactic fermentation and no oak contact. The winemaker assembles an initial blend in November and then a second blending takes place in January before bottling. This is vibrant salmon-coral in color; bone dry in style, full-bodied and full of fruit on the palate, with the lusciousness and depth that have made the wines of Tavel famous. 

Wine Advocate
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Chateau d'Aqueria's 2020 Tavel is a solid effort from one of the appellation's most consistent and widely distributed producers. It's medium to full-bodied in the mouth, ripe and round with ample flesh and a rich, silky feel, which easily carries the wine's berry, peach and crushed-stone notes through a long, mouthwatering finish.

Joe Czerwinski, July 30, 2021
Vinous
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Vivid salmon skin. Highly fragrant red currant, cherry, orange pith and floral qualities on the nose. Picks up a subtle white pepper nuance with air, which complements and sharpens the juicy red fruit, blood orange and fennel flavors. The long, gently chewy finish shows fine detail and lingering cherry and citrus fruit notes.

Josh Raynolds, June 2021
Wine Spectator
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Juicy and well-defined, with black and red cherry fruit laced with garrigue and tea notes, ending with a tug of warm stone. A textbook Tavel. Drink now. 16,000 cases made, 4,000 cases imported.

James Molesworth, July 31, 2021

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