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Meet Tavel Rosé: Beloved by Kings, Popes and Writers

Contributor blog post by Susan Manfull:

I was delighted to learn Tavel rosé was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway. This rosé’s popularity and fame, though, predates my favorite author by centuries.

In the 14th century, when the Popes resided in nearby Avignon, their cellar surely was  filled with Tavel alongside their namesake wine Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  Papal records reveal that wine transactions with Prieuré de Montézargues, a highly regarded domaine still today, carried right on through the height of plague

…Continue reading here to discover more about this deep pink rosé loved by kings including France’s “Sun King” King Louis XIV – hence the region’s reputation as the “Rosé of the Kings, King of the Rosés.” However, today the rosés from Tavel, although coveted by wine aficionados are not well-known by the mainstream crowd despite the fact that the appellation only makes rosé. Learn all about grapes that are typically grown in this tiny AOC and used in this “deep luminous pink” wine. Discover how phylloxera impacted the wines and much more. For other articles and wine pairing ideas with Tavel rosé please click here.

Via:: Provence WineZine

      

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Susan Newman Manfull

Susan Newman Manfull

It was love at first sight when my family and I arrived in the charming village of Lourmarin for a short vacation, nearly 20 years ago. We returned home to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and the next thing I knew we were planning a much longer sojourn in that village and making arrangements to enroll our daughter in the local school there. That led to buying a maison de village— actually two, then a courtyard, a parking spot, and a bergerie— in our favorite Provençal village where we (readily) adopted that certain joie de vivre, established dear friendships, and, to this day, endeavor to blend in with the crowd at Café Gaby.

We no longer own property in Lourmarin, but we continue to hang our hats there frequently and gather fodder for our souls and for The Modern Trobaors and Provence WineZine. There is never a shortage.

The Modern Trobaors , conceived in 2008, is about all things Provence: its markets, hilltop villages, lavender, art, literature, culture, history, food, wine, and news. Provence WineZine, launched in August 2014, focuses on wines from the regions of Provence and the Southern Rhône Valley—with a special emphasis on Provence's world-renowned rosés—and the men and women who make them.

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