Brotte Tavel "Les Eglantiers" rosé 2017
VARIETIES : Majority of Grenache, Syrah
YIELD : 46 hl/ha
NUMBER OF BOTTLES : 25 000 b.
HISTORY AND VINEYARD :
“Les Eglantiers” : A tribute to these rose trees of the Mediterranean region, with colours recalling that of the wine. Their fruit, rich in vitamin C, is used for medicine.
Tavel was named ‘the King of rosés’ by Balzac. Only white and red wine may be made in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, while in Tavel, only rosé. The vineyard in Tavel is located on the right bank of the Rhône on a plateau at the south-west of Orange. The appellation can be divided into three different terroirs: sand and clay in the south-east; alluvial terraces and pebbles in the north-west and limestone to the west. These warm soils (stones reflect the sun) and the very windy Mediterranean climate make this rosé wine powerful, fleshy, structured and ample.
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION :
The grapes are partly hand-harvested to avoid oxidation. Direct pneumatic pressing after a cold maceration on skins for 12 – 24 hours to extract tannins and colour. Racking of the must during 36h followed by alcoholic fermentation in temperature regulated stainless steel vats for 8 to 10 days at 18 – 20°C. No malolactic fermentation to preserve the freshness of the wine. The wine is matured on fine lees. The bottling takes place in March of the year following the harvest.
“Elegance and Intense flavours”
Colour – Beautiful vivid pink with bright glints.
Nose –Reminiscent of small red fruits (red cherry, strawberry) with nuances of white-fleshed stone fruits (white peach, nectarine).
Palate –Revealing fresh fruit flavours of wild strawberry, this rosé has gentle acidity showing a smooth elegance and intensity with a plump finish.
FOOD AND WINE MATCHING :
Serve at 13 °C.
Serve as an aperitif or enjoy with cold fish starters, seafood pasta, herb sausages, chicken and pomegranate salad, sheep cheeses or fresh slices of melon.
VINTAGE : 2017 : A good year with low yields. With beautiful rich sugar and deep colours, the red wines are powerful, round and balanced. Whites and rosés are fat, full-bodied and have kept good freshness. 2016 : An exceptional year. The reds are aromatic, powerful, round, fine and balanced, while the whites display freshness, unctuosity, full body and great length.
Vint. 2017 : DECANTER 91 - Wine & Spirits 90
Vint. 2015 : PARKER 90 - GAULT & MILLAU 15/20
Vint. 2014 : PARKER 91 - GUIDE HACHETTE DES VINS 1 étoile-– GAULT & MILLAU 14.5/20