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Moulin-La-Viguerie - Gael Petit, Tavel Postérité Soixante-Dix, 2021

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Red Fruits, Balsamic, Rose

TavelAOC, Rhone / Rose  / Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan, Mouvedre / Organic

Farming

Organic

Producer

Gael Petit

Grape

Grenache Blanc/Grenache Gris/Grenache/Cinsault/Carignan/Mouvedre/Bourboulenc/Clairette

Wine Type

Rose

Country

France

Region

Tavel AOC, Rhone

Vintage

2021

Alcohol

14.5%

Size

75cl


The vines are spread over the most beautiful terroirs and are worked with the greatest respect for the environment. Yields are low and are based on the search for an agronomic balance. Unfiltered, unfined. Proper Tavel!

Notes on the producer

Gaël Petit’s family history is deeply intertwined with that of Tavel. Records show his ancestors inhabited the quaint, sunny Provençal village across the Rhône from Châteauneuf-du-Pape as far back as the 16th century, practicing viticulture for generations leading up to present day. His great-grandfather, a former mayor of Tavel and head of the local vigneron union, even played an important role in the foundation of the Tavel AOC, having outlined the production area eligible for France’s first rosé to receive appellation status in 1936.Gaël recalls growing up at the family domaine, its cellars full of massive old foudres in which the wines were raised. These casks had been employed for decades, helping the family earn widespread recognition for its grandiose Tavels—the type of wine, undoubtedly, that enchanted countless connoisseurs throughout history including Louis XIV, de Balzac, and Hemingway. A dependence on modern enology dictated winemaking when Gaël took the reins of the domaine in 1992, but following years of crafting a technological wine, he felt impelled to revise his methods. After all, Tavel’s exceptional terroir lends itself to the deep, complex rosés that enjoyed so much prestige throughout history, and deserves the hand of a dedicated artisan to bring out its full potential.

Gaël changed course, realizing that a shift was necessary for Tavel to relive its former glory, especially in the face of new threats to the region such as climate change. He began an organic conversion in the vineyards, having already taken steps toward sustainability during a stint as president of the AOC, when he mandated a reduced use of herbicides.

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