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50% Grenache, 45% Cinsault, 5% Syrah (av age 30 years) from galet stone covered sandy, marl-limestone soils, short maceration, direct crush, steel vat fermented at 14°-16°C, raised 4-5 months, malo blocked, fined, filtered, “drink as aperitif, or with salmon, grills, salads, pasta, fish or meat patés, Asian cuisine” 30,000 b

2018 ()

clear red robe, good appeal. Has a gentle strawberry aroma, with notes of melon, red cherry. The palate gives refined red fruits with a bonny freshness, allowing for a clear finale that is smattered with herbes de Provence, some tang. It drinks coolly and well. 13°. To 2021 May 2019

2017

typical Tavel red-hued robe. Has a red fruit gums aroma, a sweet centre, something of candy present, toffee notably. There’s a peek of strawberry at its heart. This is softly textured, holds red berry fruit and a little wavy gras in the middle. A touch of carbonic gas infuses it with a brief, perlant note. The aftertaste is OK, red cherry stone on the aftertaste. It drifts a little on the end. Correct, but not inspiring. 13°. To 2019 Sept 2018

2016 ()

pale red, dark pink, attractive robe. The nose is discreet, harbours redcurrant at its centre, a neat pinpoint of that fruit, comes with a lavender note also. This is juicy on the attack, with a similar trim centre of redcurrant. This is a well packaged and presented Tavel with some freshness through it. The red fruits are fine. 13°. To 2019 July 2017

2015

fine red robe. Has a soft nose that is closer to Provence than Rhône in style. There is a central air of soft strawberry. The palate is soft, supple with a core of sweet red fruits. It is just a little broad, and drinks easily now. Serve well chilled for aperitif or with salads, light dishes. 12.5°.  €4.60 export. 2017  May 2016

2014

red flecked robe. Has a solid bouquet that leads on red cherry, is very much still young and not varied. The palate is compact, leans towards red wine, is a traditional Tavel in that sense, requires dishes such as lobster, turkey, sea bream. It continues steadily, and bears sound fruit, without quite catching the eye. 13°. To 2018.  Jun 2015

2012

typical Tavel red-tinted robe. Honey-rose-hip, strawberry coulis and toffee mixed aroma that doesn’t really express its place. The palate is sleek, smooth, leaves no lasting imprint. There is red fruit at its centre, and it does the job. There is a slight late sweetness. Workmanlike, mainstream Tavel. 13°. To end 2014. May 2013