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Tavel Cuvée Prima Donna Rosé, Domaine Maby 2022

Rose Wine from France - Rhone
4.444440000 star rating 9 Reviews
Tavel is always a deep-pink, full-bodied Rhône rosé, inevitably designed to accompany food, and especially Mediterranean-style dishes. It copes well with heat and spice and is stunning with ratatouille.
Price: £14.50 Bottle
Price: £174.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: RH67761

Wine characteristics

  • Rose Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • Grenache/Garnacha
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2026
  • 14.5% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, natural
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic

Domaine Maby

Domaine Maby is found in the heart of the village of Tavel in the southern Rhône. There are some 60 hectares covering Tavel, Lirac and Côtes-du Rhône, with excellent wines produced in all three colours. The Tavel and Lirac vineyards have the same round pebbles (galets roulés) as are found in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. These are precious for the region’s winemakers as they conserve heat accumulated during the day and then restore it slowly to the soil during the night which helps the grapes attain even better ripeness.

Richard Maby, who runs the estate, took over responsibility from his father in 2005 and brought much-needed enthusiasm back to the business. Before returning to the family domaine Richard worked as a broker at the French stock-exchange in Paris before committing himself to the life of a vigneron. He is a man full of energy and resolve to improve quality and to put his stamp on production methods, respecting tradition but embracing new techniques too.

The individuality of the famous Tavel rosés lies in their great structure and fruitiness, aptly displayed here at Maby, where the style is even chunkier. Richard goes so far as to claim that anyone tasting his rosés blindfolded would be hard pressed to know whether the wine was pink or red. His best cuvée ‘Prima Donna’, made from older vines, is a little fuller and more complex than the standard bottling, its name reflecting Richard’s love of opera.

Domaine Maby reds are meaty and packed with flavour. Lirac is especially...
Domaine Maby is found in the heart of the village of Tavel in the southern Rhône. There are some 60 hectares covering Tavel, Lirac and Côtes-du Rhône, with excellent wines produced in all three colours. The Tavel and Lirac vineyards have the same round pebbles (galets roulés) as are found in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. These are precious for the region’s winemakers as they conserve heat accumulated during the day and then restore it slowly to the soil during the night which helps the grapes attain even better ripeness.

Richard Maby, who runs the estate, took over responsibility from his father in 2005 and brought much-needed enthusiasm back to the business. Before returning to the family domaine Richard worked as a broker at the French stock-exchange in Paris before committing himself to the life of a vigneron. He is a man full of energy and resolve to improve quality and to put his stamp on production methods, respecting tradition but embracing new techniques too.

The individuality of the famous Tavel rosés lies in their great structure and fruitiness, aptly displayed here at Maby, where the style is even chunkier. Richard goes so far as to claim that anyone tasting his rosés blindfolded would be hard pressed to know whether the wine was pink or red. His best cuvée ‘Prima Donna’, made from older vines, is a little fuller and more complex than the standard bottling, its name reflecting Richard’s love of opera.

Domaine Maby reds are meaty and packed with flavour. Lirac is especially generous in style and capable of ageing The estate’s white Lirac, a blend which includes the picpoul grape – a rare sighting in the Rhône valley – along with grenache blanc, clairette and bourboulenc, is dry and herby and true to the tradition style of the appellation.
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The Times

I have found a terrific Tavel, 2022 Domaine Maby Prima Donna, from the Rhône, that with a year under its belt is still a bold, bright, zingy, dark rosé with a 14.5 per cent cranberry wallop but a silky...
I have found a terrific Tavel, 2022 Domaine Maby Prima Donna, from the Rhône, that with a year under its belt is still a bold, bright, zingy, dark rosé with a 14.5 per cent cranberry wallop but a silky aged finish.
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Jane MacQuitty

Delicious Magazine

Tomato-based fish stews work well with dry rosé - here's one bursting with delicious ripe redcurrants. A little richer than some, it can take on all the ingredients.

Susy Atkins

Delicious Magazine

Tomato-based fish stews (like our best of the best seafood stew) work well with dry rosé – here’s one bursting with delicious ripe redcurrants. A little richer than some, it can take on all the...
Tomato-based fish stews (like our best of the best seafood stew) work well with dry rosé – here’s one bursting with delicious ripe redcurrants. A little richer than some, it can take on all the ingredients.
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Susy Atkins

Decanter

Unapologetically warm and intense, this is a pink-hued rosé that requires food to be fully enjoyed. Intense flavours of wild strawberry, cranberry, redcurrant jam and juicy pink grapefruit are held by a...
Unapologetically warm and intense, this is a pink-hued rosé that requires food to be fully enjoyed. Intense flavours of wild strawberry, cranberry, redcurrant jam and juicy pink grapefruit are held by a firm acid backbone and fine tannic framework. Top notes of rose petals and wild oregano add nuance and contribute to this wine's Mediterranean character. Enjoy with lamb cutlets, ratatouille or honey-glazed salmon.
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Ines Salpico

JancisRobinson.com

Big and confident; jujube colour and flavour. The polar opposite of a Provençal rosé. Long and really well made. Vital for an Indian meal! GV

Jancis Robinson MW

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