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Date Printed: 9/19/2014
Guigal Tavel Rose 2009
Guigal Tavel Rose 2009
(search item no. 108665)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Situated across the Rhône River from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the vineyards of Tavel produce France's finest rosé wine. Grenache and Cinsault dominate the blend, with smaller amounts of Syrah and Mourvedre, and occasionally white grapes such as Clairette and Bourbolenc.

Marcel Guigal buys selectively from several estates, finishing and bottling the wine in his cellars in Ampuis. Full-bodied and dry with flavors of strawberries and wild-fruits, and a refreshing almond-bitterness in the finish, Tavel is a perfect apéritif and a superb companion to informal meals and spicy foods.

Blend: 50% Grenache, 30% Consault, 10% Clairette, 5% Syrah, 5% Other Grapes

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About E. Guigal:

The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Côte-Rôtie. In these vineyards that are over 2400 years old, you can still see the small terraced walls characteristic of the Roman period. Etienne Guigal arrived in this region in 1923 at the age of 14. He made wine for over 67 vintages and, at the beginning of his career, participated in the development of the Vidal-Fleury establishment.

Despite his young age, Marcel Guigal took over from his father in 1961 when the latter was victim to a brutal illness rendering him blind. Marcel's hard work and perseverance enabled the Guigals to buy out Vidal-Fleury in 1984, although the establishment retains its own identity and commercial autonomy. In 2000, the Guigals purchased the Jean-Louis Grippat estate in Saint-Joseph and Hermitage, as well as the Domaine de Vallouit in Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage.

In the cellars of the Guigal estate in Ampuis, the northern appellations of the Rhône Valley are produced and aged. These are the appellations of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. The great appellations of the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône, are also aged in the Ampuis cellars.