I was delighted to learn Tavel was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway.
This rosé’s popularity and fame, though, predates my favorite author by centuries.
In the 14th century, when the Popes resided in nearby Avignon, their cellar surely was filled with Tavel alongside their namesake wine Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Papal records reveal that wine transactions with Prieuré de Montézargues, a highly regarded domaine still today, carried right on through the height of plague and famine even when Pope Innocent VI was compelled to sell his own silver for the benefit of the Avignon Papacy. Even earlier, in the 13th century, King Philip IV “Phillipe le Bel” is said to have declared Tavel his favorite wine and later, in the 17th century, King Louis XIV “Le Roi Soleil” declared his fondness for Tavel. Understandably, Tavel came to be known as “Rosé of the Kings, King of the Rosés.” Such homage, however, was long [...]