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75% Grenache,10% Cinsault, 10% Clairette blanche, 5% Syrah & Mourvèdre from sandy, galet stone covered soils, stony limestone soils, hand harvested, Grenache, Cinsault pressed as whole bunches, other varieties destemmed, Grenache, Cinsault, Clairette blanche fermented at 15°-18°C after a direct pressing & cool decantation at 7°-8°C, Syrah & Mourvèdre by bleeding juice off the skins (saignée), steel vat raised 5-6 months, filtered, “drink with Provençal & Mediterranean cuisine, chicken, white meats, fruit desserts”, 40,000 b

2018

medium depth red robe; the bouquet has a prominent air of strawberry with herbes de Provence notes, dried grasses. The palate holds an appealing succulence which lasts well all along the palate, a cosy carpet of red berries that have dance in their delivery. This is very easy to like and appreciate, is a refined, genuine, lightly spiced Tavel. 13.5°. To 2021 May 2019

2017

fulsome, red-tinted robe, The Real Tavel. Has a soft, slightly reticent but well defined nose, red fruits neatly lined up, an easy to like sweetness. Strawberry and redcurrant are arm in arm. The palate is solid, butty, delivers assertive red fruits with southern strength within. It’s more grounded than the bouquet, suggests la table, pork, mackerel, salmon, couscous, Merghez. There’s vigour around its fruit, and a touch of candy on the aftertaste. It holds up pretty well, even if it lacks the refinement of the best 2017s. It’s a bit coarse on the end. 13.5°. 75% Grenache, 10% Cinsault, 10% Clairette blanche, 5% Syrah & Mourvèdre. To 2020 July 2018

2016

has a classic red-tinted Tavel robe, legs visible – it’s a joli start. This is grippy, tight wine, gives smooth red fruits that persist with good, stealthy depth. Its gras and content are snuck well into it. It’s got some flair, and good life in it. It very much has the depth for whites meats as recommended. The aftertaste is vinous, nicely oily, the feel local, with garrigue herbs present. 13.5°. 75% Grenache,10% Cinsault, 10% Clairette blanche, 5% Syrah & Mourvèdre. To 2020 July 2017

2007 No Rating

red with some orange melded in; high tone, waxen nose with some strawberry in it. Acidity runs free on the palate – this never has a settled moment, is sharp. Bottle 2: served more chilled than first – low key red berry on nose; active, piercing red fruit but still ends short, is sharp also. June 2008