As summer begins in earnest, it’s only proper to celebrate the unofficial wine of summer: Rosé.
In the decades following the Second World War, Rosés were the butt of jokes and disdain. Fast forward to today, and Rosé wines show all the full range of expert winemaking and world-class talent. Modern Rosés can range from the very light and crisp “porch pounders” of Provence, to the ethereal, rich and complex wines of Tavel.
At Jessica’s we pour a delightful Tavel by the glass year round, Les Lauzeraies. Most Rosé wines are best drunk very young, while the Rosés of Tavel can actually benefit from anywhere from one to three years in the cellar. The Tavel AOC (Appellation d’origine Controlee—a French Government recognized geographical designation with strict guidelines for the production of wine in that region) in the southern Rhone valley is
unique in that it produces only Rosé wines, and Tavels are the king of all Rosés.
Located just across the Rhone river from Chateauneuf-du-Pape and just north of
Avignon, this Tavel Rosé is a blend of grape varietals, dominated by the Spanish grape
Garnacha (known as Grenache in France) and also includes Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, and others. Tavel Rosés are typically darker and richer than other Rosés, and the Les Lauzeraies is no exception. It has a beautiful, round, mouthfeel displaying rich notes of fruity strawberry and flint, with floral notes of violets and roses on the nose.
Come enjoy a glass or a bottle of Les Lauzeraies on the deck. This wine pairs beautifully with Chef Rob’s Tri-Tip appetizer, duck, salmon or our selection of local Vermont cheeses!