Tavel wine appellation in the Côtes du Rhône region of France

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Tavel wine appellation
Wine appellation

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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Tavel wine is a wine appellation in the Cotes du Rhone region of France covering some 951 hectares where some very good rose wines are produced on the plains on the western side of the Rhone in the communes of Roquemaure and Tavel.
It is an unusual appellation because legal action was taken in 1928 to define the boundaries some years before the INAO was formed to carry out this work. The initial court ruling was handed down on 28th January 1928. The appellation was declared on the 15th May 1936.
The rose wines can be made from the following principal grapes Bourboulenc, Cinsaut Noir, Clairette, Clairette Rose, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre, Piquepoul Blanc, Piquepoul Gris, Piquepoul Noir and Syrah. These can be supported by the secondary grapes Calitor, Carignan Blanc and Carignan.
Grenache must comprise at least 40% of the plantings but each principal grape cannot exceed more than 60% of the plantings and each secondary grape must comprise less than 10% of the plantings.

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