Guigal Tavel Rose 2009
Rosé from Tavel, Rhone, France
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
The Wine Advocate - "It is hard to say anything produced by Marcel and Philippe Guigal is under the consumer radar, but I do believe their roses are exceptional and compete with the best estate-bottled roses in southern France. If you want some tannin, more body, and even deeper flavors, check out the 2009 Tavel. It has a medium salmon color, a remarkable flavor profile, and plenty of heady raspberry and strawberry fruit. It is dry, rich, and probably capable of lasting a couple of years, although I would opt for drinking it in its first 12 months of life. "
E. Guigal Winery
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. View all E. Guigal Wines
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Notable FactsGrenache reigns as the primary varietal for the Tavel blends. Cinsault, Mourvedre, Syrah & a few other Rhone varieties are often used in smaller amounts. Flavors found in good Tavel wines are spice & berries - nothing reminiscent of the sweet rosés you used to find in the US. Perfect for a hearty meal on a hot night, or an apéritif on a warm afternoon.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
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Fruity & Smooth
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Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.