Two Burgundian Giants, One Superstar Rosé
Robert Parker’s former Rhône reviewer for The Wine Advocate, Jeb Dunnuck, describes this delicious rosé in his 92-point review as, “Always one of my favorite Rosés in just about every vintage.” He continues, “the 2016 Tavel La Dame Rousse smells like [a] basket of freshly picked strawberries and raspberries. It shows the richer side of the vintage, yet is clean, crisp and refreshing, with bright acidity.” Dunnuck caps off his review with the highest praise we’ve seen for a rosé: “Hats off to this estate for consistently delivering one of finest Rosés in the world, year in, year out.” Wine & Spirits also awarded it 92 points calling it “textbook Tavel.” Such rave reviews are unsurprising from perhaps the greatest protagonist of Tavel — the “Rosé of Kings.” Elsewhere up to $39.99, but today for Wine Access clients just $19.99.
The Tavel appellation may remain a half-step behind its Southern Rhône neighbors Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas in name recognition, but every iota of fame that Tavel enjoys is for its Rosé. While other regions save their best vines for reds and make Rosé on the side, Tavel’s highest-quality fruit is reserved solely for its pink wine, which 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.
Tavel’s richness is owed to its quality of fruit, and the sunshine in France’s Midi, where afford the grapes easy ripeness. Extended skin contact lends color and power to the wine. Domaine de la Mordorée was praised as one of Jeb Dunnuck’s “favorite Rosés,” and honored in lasting fashion by Jancis Robinson in her Oxford Companion to Wine as producing “some of the best wine” in Tavel.
Cristaldi has worked professionally in wine for nearly a decade. His published work has appeared in Food & Wine, Los Angeles Magazine, Tasting Table, The SOMM Journal, Tasting Panel Magazine, Thrillist, Liquor.com, and Psychology Today.