Thursday, August 1, 2013

Weekly Wine Review - French Rosé - 2011 Le Chant du Soleil Tavel

The summer month's and the heat is on - and my search for great Rosé continues. Today's wine is from the Tavel appellation in Southern France. These Rosé's are typically a blend of Grenache and Cinsault, but may occasionally include some Syrah and Mourvedre as well as some lesser known Rhone grape varietals. This particular wine is comprised of 50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 15% Clairette, and 5% Syrah. 

Wine: 2011 Le Chant du Soleil Tavel
Region: Southern Rhone, France
Grape Varieties: Grenache, Cinsault, Clairette, and Syrah
Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $12.00
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Synthetic cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Wine is clear, dark pink in color with a water white rim.
Aroma: Nicely fruity - mostly strawberry and cherry.
Taste: Slightly bitter at first - but mellowed out as the wine warmed a bit.  I had this wine stored at around 47 degrees, which is a bit cold for this type of Rosé. Very delicious and nicely acidic - a bit fuller bodied that many Rosé, but in a good way.

The Grade: I give this one an A.  For the price this is a great summer wine to help you cool off a bit.  If  you find other Rosés too wimpy - you may like this one a lot, give it a try!


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    1. This year I am hunting for Rosé wines to add to my favorites list - this and the Charles and Charles from Washington State have definitely made the cut!


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