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2012 E. Guigal Tavel
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January 2014

(half grenache, with 30% cinsault, 10% clairette, 5% syrah and the rest "a variety of things that are interplanted in the vineyards," according to Philippe Guigal):  Dark pink.  Intense mineral-accented red berry and cherry pit scents, with a sexy lavender nuance adding complexity.  Chewy and tightly focused, offering bitter cherry and redcurrant flavors and a touch of orange pith.  Closes with solid punch, building spiciness and excellent floral persistence.  Philippe Guigal told me that in his grandfather's day "nobody drank Tavel until it was at least five years old; they treated it like a red wine."

89 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Provence

Provence, which stretches from Nîmes to Nice, is best known as a bottomless source of pink wine. But across the region, numerous Provence appellations produce highly distinctive red wines that express multiple variations on a ripe, Southern theme; the most famous appellation is Bandol, which is noted for powerful game- and earth-scented red wines based on the sturdy, late-ripening Mourvedre grape.
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