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Tavel Libiamo, Domaine Maby 2019

Rose Wine from France - Rhone
4.500000000 star rating 2 Reviews
As one of Tavel's top producers, Richard Maby has sought to be ambitious with his top cuvée, creating an unusual blend of equal parts grenache noir and grenache blanc, co-fermented and raised in large oak barrels. The delicious result is a splendidly full, savoury and rich rosé from the Rhône. Try it with lamb curry.
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Code: RH63721

Wine characteristics

  • Rose Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • Grenache/Garnacha
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2029
  • 14.5% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, natural

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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From grapes grown on the hotter galet roule soils, the use of cinsault and white grenache keeps this wine at the paler end of the Tavel spectrum, while fermentation and ageing in barrel gives added weight ...
From grapes grown on the hotter galet roule soils, the use of cinsault and white grenache keeps this wine at the paler end of the Tavel spectrum, while fermentation and ageing in barrel gives added weight - Maby aims for flavour, rather than colour. A deep golden amber colour with delicate smoky chestnut aromas, the wine opens up to rich white chocolate, bitter orange and honeyed red fruits. It is powerful, complex, atypical and rather gorgeous. The tannins are delicately integrated and sweet. 93/100
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