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50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, 5-10% Clairette, 0-10% Mourvèdre (vines dates from 1930s-1940s) from 9 hectares on white lauzes, siliceous, sand, clay and pebble stone covered soils, hand harvested, destemmed, 1 night cool maceration in concrete vat, saignée (bleeding off skins) fermentation at low temperature, concrete vat raised 5-6 months, malo blocked, “drink with Provençal dishes, Asian cuisine, spiced dishes, grilled meats, barbecues, strawberry salad”, 24-40,000 b

2018

bright red robe; the nose leads on vigorous red cherry fruit, with an oily, southern essence in it. It’s a nicely solid, full start. The palate is well textured, has a suave feel, and rides a bonny wave of red fruits, good streams of flow along its path. It covers the palate left and right well. The finish gives a stylish flourish of cherry and redcurrant, the fruit holding well. This will be great with pork, veal dishes, has the fullness for white meats and Mediterranean foods. 14.5°. To 2021 May 2019

2017 ()

red-hued Tavel robe, clear tones. The nose is mild, bears some sweetness in its crushed red berry aroma, is all as one, if a little lacking in variety. The palate sequels easily from the nose, holds a willing juiciness, is very much in the instant, is get up and go Tavel to be drunk on its primary burst of young fruit. The acidity is fine, and it is well mannered, then Redondo on the close. Its degree lurks a little on the aftertaste. It’s attractive, if a bit straightforward. As it’s easy to drink, solo is OK, or with steamed fish, for instance. 14.5°. To mid-2019 July 2018

2015 ()

shiny red robe. The nose is nicely wide, presents well founded red fruits, a note of sweetness adding to the allure. It has a quietly sustained depth. The palate is immediate on the attack, serves an ample red fruit from well-ripened Grenache, with a tuck-in of tannin on the close. The aftertaste is tangy. Has the inner strength for full dishes. This goes long to the finish. One for instant pairing now thanks to its ripeness. 14.5°. 40,000 b. 50% Gren, 30% Cins, 10% Clair, 10% Syr. To 2018  May 2016 

2014 ()

attractive pink robe. The nose has a grilled side, an assertive red cherry fruit in charge. A low-key set of herbs is in place also. The palate runs with dash and freedom, the fruit crystalline and lifted. Expressive Tavel, mixes new wave flair with traditional depth and security of content. This is w.o.w., very enjoyable to drink. €9.50 at the cellars. To 2018  Jun 2015

2012 ()

deep pink, light red robe, with a clear top rim. Acetate, candy air from what seems like a very low temperature fermentation, with a cassis bud, smoky note and an aroma of crushed nutshells. The palate has a supple red cherry fruit in it; everything comes on the instant here, this is immediate wine that lacks character and happens fast. Clumsy, lacks precision of fruit, which has a sweet-sticky angle. 14.5°. To 2015  May 2013

2010

light, pale red-pink. Very post vatting air – red cherry, yeasty, moves along. Candy, red jam flavour here; it bites on the finish, is firm, a bit raw still. A bit of a techno wine. From Sept 2011. 14°. To 2013 March 2011

2008 ()

bright pink; bit yeasty, Over the Top fruit – red fruit past its best moment of ripeness. The palate texture is supple at first, has fleshy areas, and even if the fruit is a bit gummy in feel, it keeps going OK. Decent late grip helps this, and it finishes roundly. To end 2010. 14°. March 2009

2007 ()

tint of red in the pink colour; Has a zappy, buzzy aroma with gooseberry prominent. The palate starts in a direct manner, then achieves a little softness and some mid-palate sweetness: the second half is fleshy, juicy. Ends on a drier, nutted note, and has fair length. To end 2009. June 2008

2006

pale pink; red fruits with a slight varnish top note – redcurrant and caramel mixed. Skips a beat early on the palate, then gets tight on the finish. Uneven – lacks assured fruit. A ‘here and there’ wine, not knit. June 2007