The Domaine de la Mordorée has pronounced structure and backbone — it’s the kind of rosé that a lover of powerful red wines can enjoy on a hot summer day. Because in Tavel, one of the Southern Rhône’s 17 notable Cru appellations, rosé is anything but an afterthought — it is the only Cru entirely devoted to making rosé. The complete attention of winemaking in the region to one style of wine means serious quality in the glass. But don’t just take our word for it — take a King’s: Tavel was Louis XIV’s favorite wine.
Crushed strawberry, rose petal, tangerine, lavender, crisp acidity: everything you want in a rosé, except this one also has muscle. The bone-dry rosé wines that hail from Tavel are deep in color, with a fuller mouthfeel than the more wispy texture and lighter body rosés from Provence.
Winemakers blend a combination of varieties from Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah to Mourvèdre, Clairette and Bourboulenc to make for the perfect sextet. Grenache brings strawberries and a sexy and supple texture, Cinsault brings spice and cherry, Syrah brings rose petal and color, and Mourvèdre provides brooding dark fruit and backbone. A kiss of the white varieties Clairette and Bourboulenc brings energy, perfume, and freshness. There isn’t a more perfect rosé for summer — a wine for poolside sipping, but also with the body to stand up to whatever you’ve just thrown on the grill.
Tavel’s highest-quality fruit has been lauded by 13th century French monarch Philip IV and “Sun King” Louis XIV, as well as luminaries Ernest Hemingway, Honoré de Balzac, and Frédéric Mistral. “Hats off to this estate for consistently delivering one of finest Rosés in the world, year in, year out,” says Robert Parker’s longtime Rhône critic, Jeb Dunnuck.