2021 Domaine Maby 'Prima Donna' Rose Tavel
Winemaker Notes:Tavel is always a deep-pink, full-bodied Rhône rosé, inevitably designed to accompany food, and especially Mediterranean-style dishes. It copes well with heat and spice and is stunning with ratatouille.
Domaine Maby is found in the heart of the village of Tavel in the southern Rhône. There are some 60 hectares covering Tavel, Lirac and Côtes-du Rhône, with excellent wines produced in all three colours. The Tavel and Lirac vineyards have the same round pebbles (galets roulés) as are found in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. These are precious for the region’s winemakers as they conserve heat accumulated during the day and then restore it slowly to the soil during the night which helps the grapes attain even better ripeness.
Richard Maby, who runs the estate, took over responsibility from his father in 2005 and brought much-needed enthusiasm back to the business. Before returning to the family domaine Richard worked as a broker at the French stock-exchange in Paris before committing himself to the life of a vigneron. He is a man full of energy and resolve to improve quality and to put his stamp on production methods, respecting tradition but embracing new techniques too.
The individuality of the famous Tavel rosés lies in their great structure and fruitiness, aptly displayed here at Maby, where the style is even chunkier. Richard goes so far as to claim that anyone tasting his rosés blindfolded would be hard pressed to know whether the wine was pink or red. His best cuvée ‘Prima Donna’, made from older vines, is a little fuller and more complex than the standard bottling, its name reflecting Richard’s love of opera.
Wine Enthusiast - "Rich, penetrating layers of strawberry and red-cherry candy extend from nose to finish in this full-bodied, boldly structured rosé. Powerfully fruity yet anchored by a deep undertow of rocky, smoky minerality, it's a delightfully thirst quenching, substantive wine that should drink well through 2024 in both hot and cooler seasons."
|Winery||Chateau de Trinquevedel|
|Grape Varietals||Rhone Blend|
|Imported By||Kermit Lynch|