The name “La Rouvière” comes from the Provencal word “Rouve” meaning a little stream. The Maison Bouachon “La Rouvière” is one of the best representatives Rosé in the appellation. This Tavel is made from both white and red grapes, all of which are carefully picked and sorted, vinified separately, and then blended for the final product.
The vineyard is planted in a sunny area and exposed to the ‘mistral’. Vines are planted on two kinds of soil, the first is covered by Lauzes (white limestone), and the other one is clay covered by round quartzite stones. Clay permits a slow and regular restitution of useful water for grape berries elaboration.
The processing consists in selection of parcels: old Grenache (70 years old) and others younger (30-40 years old), best exposures, low yields. Grapes are harvested by hand and rigorously sorted out. Each grape variety is vinified separately after total de-stemming. Berries macerate 12 to 24 hours for an optimum extraction of aroma and color. The alcoholic fermentation keeps going from 8 to 10 days with slow temperature (between 18 to 20 degrees).
Varietals: 50% Grenache, 15% Bourboulanc, 10% Cinsault, Carignane, Clairette
Body: light to medium
Color: raspberry pink
Aromas: raspberry, red currant, pink grapefruit, white flower
From their website: In 1898 Maison Bouachon the winery was born. This family started out as barrel makers in Chateauneuf-du-Pape before deciding to actually fill the barrels with wine.
During the first half of the 20th century, Maison Bouachon was immersed in the viticultural tradition of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Over time, the Maison became familiar with the diversity of regional vines and terroirs while establishing strong ties with local winegrowers. Having gained a foothold in the region, Maison Bouachon continued developing its winemaking skill with the acquisition of barrel chais during the 50s: this included mastering the vinification process as well as perfecting the delicate art of blending and the aging.
Good words: “France has a long tradition of rosé, particularly in the south. The southern Rhone even has an appellation devoted to rosé: Tavel. A good example is the 2008 Maison Bouachon "La Rouviere" Tavel, with its bright raspberry and cranberry flavors and hints of watermelon and white pepper. By Laurie Daniel for the Mercury News 06/09
Eat with: duck confit, garlic & parsley roasted French fingerling potatoes, frisée salad