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65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Cinsault (av age 20-25 years) from galet stone covered lime & red clay soils, varieties fermented apart, part by saignée or bleeding juice off the skins after 8 hour maceration, part after direct pressing at a very low 12-15°C, vat raised 4 months, malo blocked, filtered, “drink with grilled Tiger prawns, paella, chilli con carne, Greek or Niçoise Salads, stuffed Provençal tomatoes, bouillabaisse, exotic, spiced dishes”, 7-10,000 b


red robe, pale rim. The nose comes out in a funnel of raspberry, elderberry fruit, is direct. The palate is tangy, rather wired, has a red stone fruit flavour, a note of kirsch, ends coolly. It’s from the more pared back school of Tavel, in the modern vein that seeks “tension” in these wines of the south [by definition, not tension]. It will accompany pork, sweet dishes well enough, but isn’t at all a wine for solo drinking. 14.5°. To 2021 May 2019


good pink robe that is nearer Provence than Tavel. Has a refined, elegant bouquet that comes with softly sweet red fruits, lines of wild strawberries and a delicate roundness to them. It’s rather sophisticated. The palate carries some weighty content pepped like a spear through it with carbonic gas. The nose-palate link is close, and the mid-palate depth is impressive, allowing a sustained close. It motors well on vivid red fruits as it ends. There’s rather a lot going on, and it has the body for veal chop in rosemary, for instance, Asiatic cuisine. There’s a fine thread of sustained fruit in what is a nice and thorough Tavel. 14°. To 2021 July 2018

2016 ()

attractive pink-red robe. The nose offers soft redcurrant fruits, a neat aromna with good, pure clarity in the fruit. It takes well to the skies. The palate swings along on live red fruits, strawberry, with fine powder tannin towards the finish. It moves well, but also has the substance to go well à table, the length well founded. Drink with grills, merguez, sausages. It reveals an earthy, grounded style as it opens, is a tiny bit coarse alonggside the pedigree wines of 2016. Quality is good, reliable, though. 14°. 7,000 b. 65% Gren, 25% Syr, 10% Cins. 2019-20 June 2017


fine, bright red robe. The nose is reserved, but comes with potential and an  underlying elegance. An air of red cherry and lavender, infused tea such as tilleul (linden) and saltiness is a wholesome opening. The palate starts freshly, holds a finely concentrated ball of red fruits with a trim tannic presence giving support to a nicely long finish. Well made, has style, harmony and truth. 13°. 10,000 b. To 2018 May 2016