The Guigal family has been working for decades in Tavel, and today specifically works with 6 growers to produce the traditional style of rosé the region is known for – deep fruit, full of spice you find in the reds of the area, structured, and substantial enough to age. Thank goodness this appellation across the river from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 100% dedicated to rosé, still produces wines of this full-bodied style!
Tavel has several major soil types. The Guigal family works with growers who have vineyards on clay and pebbly soils similar to those of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The grape varieties are a mix of the Southern Rhône red grapes, with 60% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 10% Clairette, 10% Syrah, and 5% others.
Guigal works with 6 estates in Tavel and produce the wine in Ampuis. The juice is drawn off the skins after an 8-12 hour maceration and the wine undergoes a temperature-controlled fermentation. Following fermentation the wine ages in stainless steel tanks for 6 months, and then the Guigals prefer to age it in bottle a further 6-12 months.
2019 was another warm and dry vintage in the southern Rhône, marked by insistent drought and repeated heat waves during the season. With little disease pressure or frost, the crop was of normal size, but reduced during the growing season by a lack of water. The grapes were concentrated and rich in sugar. Harvest in Tavel started in August in order to preserve acidity, and the crop was clean and ripe, with great concentration and aromatic expression.
Pure and deep salmon pink. The nose opens with elegant floral and fruit notes. The palate is fruit and well structured, with constant aromatic finesse. Overall, the wine is a pleasant balance between fleshy fruitiness, pleasant acidity, and body.
Cinsault, Clairette, Grenache, Syrah
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Wine Advocate - "The deeply colored 2019 Tavel is almost as much light red wine as it is rosé, boasting strong scents of cherries and raspberries and hints of garrigue and white chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, it's supple and round in the mouth, big yet refreshing, and it’s easy to drink, with a terrifically long finish. Much Tavel is consumed in its first year, but the wines often show just as well or better at age two."
Vinous Media - "The 2019 Tavel offers everything you could want from a Tavel. Medium to full-bodied, it has wonderful cherry and raspberry fruits, a rounded, nicely texture mouthfeel, and a fresh, dry finish that keeps you coming back for another sip. Not your simple, quaffable Cotes de Provence rosé, this is geared for the dinner table and would be awesome with tapas."
Vinous Media - "Brilliant orange. Pungent red currant, cherry pit and blood orange aromas, along with suggestions of potpourri and fennel. Chewy and energetic on the palate, offering intense red berry, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors brace by a spine of juicy acidity. Blends power and finesse with a steady hand and finishes very long and sappy, with a repeating floral note and a hint of spiciness."
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