Could the Domaine de la Mordorée Tavel Rosé Cuvée de la Reine des Bois be the best still rosé wine ever made? From the Tavel appellation just across the Rhône river from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, sometimes regarded as the finest region for producing still rosé wines.
The first vintage I tried of the Mordorée premium rosé was 2009 a couple of years ago when visiting the Domaine just north of Avignon, and I was instantly hooked. The Domaine is in fact located in the region of Tavel, even though their claim to fame is based on the reputation of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape produced. The RdB rosé has been consistently good in the three vintages I’ve tasted it. The RdB is their top selection, but they also have another Tavel rosé cuvée; the La Dame Rousse. In fact, they also produce a Côtes-du-Rhône rosé and a Vin de France rosé. Both the LDR and the CdR score consistently good in the Cellartracker community.
The 2011 Domaine de la Mordorée Tavel Rosé Cuvée de la Reine des Bois has a fantastic deep ruby colour, not significant to your ordinary rosé. The 2010 RdB was a blend of 60% Grenache, 15% Clairette, 10% Cinsault, 10% Syrah and 5% Bourboulenc. Strawberries, minerals and slight sensation of fresh herbs. Dry and unusually structured. Crisp, fresh and balanced. A full body rosé. There is nothing I would rather want to drink on a summer’s day. This is also a perfect food rosé due to its structure and dryness. 90p.
Note that the second-in-line rosé selection from Domaine de la Mordorée, the La Dame Rousse, is in stock at Systembolaget. I could imagine that the LDR is great too.