This Weekend's Pick

Domaine des Carteresses Tavel AC Rosé 2017

Domaine des Carteresses Tavel AC Rosé 2017

Rosé wines are as hot as the weather these days with more and more wine drinkers waking up to the power of pink and just how refreshing rosé can be. Maybe this is something you have been mentioning for some time and your wine circle is just catching on, or maybe you have just discovered rosé and you’re ready to fill your cup with anything pink. Either way, Domaine des Carteresses Tavel Rosé 2017 is just what you need in your glass (after a chill in the fridge) all weekend long.

Tasting Note: A blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Clairette, Picpoul and Syrah, Domaine des Carteresses shows bright red cherry and strawberry fruit, mineral notes, touches of citrus, a richer palate than other rosé wines, and a spicy finish.

Enjoy With: Lighter grilled meats like chicken and pork as well as seafood, summer salads and spiced dishes like tajine, paella or Thai dishes. Oh, and almost anything on your brunch menu!

Style: A medium-bodied, refreshing rosé wine.

Terroir / Region: Tavel is the Graceland of rosé wines. They only make rosé and over the years they have become pretty good at it. It’s illegal to just pour a little red into a lot of white wine and call it rosé, so winemakers in Tavel have figured out exactly how long to soak the red grape skins (where the wine’s colour comes from) in the pressed juice to get the desired colour. In this case it’s called “partridge eye” in Tavel, or ruby-pink everywhere else.

Producer: Domaine des Carteresses is made by the Cave de Tavel co-operative, which consists of 140 growers who pool their efforts each year. The collective produces over half of all Tavel wines with each producer involved in the day-to-day work of the winery, as well as their own plots of land, keeping each member in touch with their colleagues as well as the finished wines.

Availability: Domaine des Carteresses Tavel Rosé 2017 will be released into the Vintages section of your local LCBO on July 7, but some stores may have it on shelf already. Stock up to stay in a pink paradise all summer!

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Price: $18.95

LCBO#: 739474

Sizes: 750mL

13.0% alc./vol.