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70-90% Grenache, 0-15% Clairette blanche, 7-15% Syrah (can contain Mourvèdre, Cinsault) from purchased crop from Vallongue, Moulin Blanc, Les Vestides, galet stone soils, lime & clay-limestone soils, vines av age 45 years, partly hand harvested, 12-24 hour cool pelliculaire maceration, directly pressed, then 8-10 day vat fermentation at 18-20°C, raised 6 months on fine lees, malo blocked, filtered, “drink as aperitif or with smoked fish, seafood pasta, sausages, chicken & pomegranate salad, ewe’s cheese, fresh melon”, 22-40,000 b

2017 ()

good, typical Tavel, bright red robe. There’s likeable intricacy in the bouquet, mixes up dried herbs, wild strawberry, lavender, is good and local. There is red cherry also. The palate rolls along well and broadly, the red fruit live and well cut. A spot of roundness appears on the finish, which will serve it well alongside pork, for instance. There is attractive body to this; it has a genuine make-up and a good, relaxed manner, not pushed. A good spot of salt freshness comes along on the aftertaste. 14°. 25,500 b. To 2020 Sept 2018

2016

pink, rose-hip colour. The nose has a sweet curve to it, led by an air of crushed strawberry. It’s not firing as openly or buoyantly as it could. The palate is also sweetly formed, with a neat, textured ball of gras. It takes a little darkness, tannin, on the finish. This lacks the character and flair of the best 2016s. I find it locked up, a bit plain. 13.5°. 22,000 b. GB£13.50 Inverarity Morton. US$ 14.99 Winery Direct. To 2019 July 2017

2015

mild red robe, pale rim. The nose is lightly zesty, with soft strawberry and a mite of crushed red cherry. It is in the zone now. The palate is a little fleeting, gives a lightweight run of red cherry fruit. It will helped by salads, terrines, which will lengthen it. 14°. 80% Gren, 10% Syr, 10% Clair. 24,000 b. GB£ 13.50 from Inverarity Morton. 2018  May 2016

2014 No Rating

joli pink robe. The nose gives a clear tune, a mild red berry fruit aroma, just a hint of taint. The palate is drying, too soon. 14°. 80% Gren noir, 13% Clairette, 7% Syr. June 2015

2013

has a robe showing advance, a hue turned towards orange, beyond the pink. The nose is cluttered, could be clearer. There is reduction, and the fruit lies quietly, is passive. This is moving past its best according to this bottle. I find it limp. 13°. To 2016  June 2015

2012 ()

the robe has true Tavel red tints in it; the bouquet is alert, gives a good spring of red fruit, with graphite, garrigue herbs, raisin and also strawberry prominent. The palate is enjoyably round, so can be drunk solo, a glass or two like that. But it is better suited to la table: garlic-herbs with fish, lamb cutlets, merguez sausages. Nice gras and a redcurrant jam flavour at the end hold up with some style in them. A good, true Tavel. 13.5°. 2015-16  Oct 2013

2008 ()

(vat) bright, pale pink. Forward, pointed cherry fruit aroma with a brisk top note. The palate bears soft red fruit, a redcurrant jelly flavour, and proceeds gradually. The length is OK, but it is a bit austere on the finish for now. 2010-11. Nov 2008

2007

dark pink, light red robe; pepper and spice feature above a line of redcurrant, a little nutty air, too. Softened redcurrants and berries is the main flavour; it becomes a little neutral towards the finish, lacks buzz after half way. Light foods best with this. 13.5°. Nov 2008

2006 ()

bonny pink with just a little red in it. Prominent, red berries bouquet, that softens with the air, shows pretty strawberry aroma. Palate has red fruit with some weight and grip, and continues well, though there is a slight sense of it being pushed in the cellar. Flows well, has a touch of late tannin, and the fruit is clear and bright. A wine of good poise. Drink with soft cheeses, saucisse, herb dishes and pork. June 2007