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50-60% Grenache, 30-35% Cinsault, 0-20% Mourvèdre, 0-5% Syrah, (early 1990s) from 3 hectares of limestone, S-facing stony soils on Les Lauzes, hand harvested, all picked together, destemmed, maceration of a few hours, then pressed (was fermented by saignée (bleeding off) before mid-2010s), 3 week fermentation at 18-19°C maximum, steel vat raised 4-6 months, malo blocked, filtered, “drink with fish, white meats, vegetable gratin”, 10,500-20,000 b


fair red robe; has a mild, low-key aroma of red berry fruit, is a soft opening. The palate holds red fruits with a safe, lightly rich centre, is correct, without great inspiration. It can drink as an aperitif given its lack of hidden corners and nuance. Its length is sound. 13.5°. To mid-2020 May 2019


fine pink, slightly red-tinted robe. The nose floats gracefully in the glass, very neat red fruit present, soft and wispy, close to being floral. It’s an airborne more than grounded start, comes with a light touch. The palate runs on cosy gras, good mobility of fluid fruit and content, squeezy in texture. The fruit lasts well, with detail, delicacy. This can be drunk solo, has notes of herbes de Provence late on, so is up for Provençal hors d’oeuvres. It is gentle and appealing, w.o.w. Tavel that is easy to drink, en finesse, has kind length. 13°. 16,000 b. 50% Gren, 30% Cins, 20% Mourv. €8 at the cellars, €5.10 export. To mid-2019 Aug 2018

2012 ()

onion skin, light and shiny pink robe. Has a grilled, pork scratchings aroma, with pastry, red fruit tart airs – a solid, not especially fresh nose. The palate starts carefully, isn’t expressive. The fruit is camouflaged by some quite raw tannin. This is going to tire, I suspect. Suited to food – cold meats, for instance. There are vegetal, bitter touches towards the finish. Grenache and Cinsault this year. To 2015  May 2013

2010 ()

July 2011 1 bottle tasted – corked, dry. Previously March 2011 ****(*) pale, thorough pink robe. Serene, unruffled bouquet that bears soft red fruit, has lift in it. Good, thorough attack – this develops well through the palate, travels well. It ends on fresh, pebbly notes. Fresh wine that has depth and elegance, very good. 14°. March 2011


modest pale pink colour; has a careful cherry, floral aroma, with an air of bonbon sweets traversing it. The palate has a live, carbonic style debut – this is direct. The fruit is tenuously implanted. It keeps going, though, and will be best as an aperitif. It ends freshly. March 2009


pale, pretty pink. The nose is direct, a little pointed – has a combination of red fruit with bonbon sweets, cherry, and red fruit tart. This is a fresh style of Tavel – it also starts crisply and directly on the palate, the fruit is clear. This can serve as an aperitif, and the ensemble is good for early drinking. The fruit holds up, and some late acidity allows the finale to be fresh. To end 2009. June 2008

2006 ()

light pink. Red fruits such as raspberry on the nose, which is handsome and refined. The palate holds bright, clean red fruit and comes in a wide shape, flowing along with some dash. Good length. Over 14°. Oct 2007


pale robe. Refined bouquet with floral touches, lingers nicely, also shows baked fruit tart and a pebbly nature. The theme of elegance continues on the attack, some red fruit here, then even honey towards the finish. Tapers towards the end, and I find alcohol an issue here. Label says 14°, is probably more. May 2006, London