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90% Grenache, 7% Syrah, 3% Cinsault, half from clay-limestone with shingle stones, half from clay-limestone with small pebbles, destemmed crop, cooled at 12°C, 12-24 hour maceration, direct press fermentation at 14-18°C, raised on lees 4-5 months, malo blocked, filtered, “drink with moussaka, Provençal dishes,” 30,000 b

2014 ()

full pink, red tints. The nose is broad, and well filled – offers a red cherry, slightly sweet air with a dash of herbs such as thyme. The palate expresses enjoyable red fruits, with a little tannic grip as it ends – that keeps it in good order, and suited to red mullet, stronger fish flavours. The palate is broad, and one gets a good, vinous glass of wine here. It delivers local glow on the aftertaste. 14°. 90% Gren, 7% Syr, 3% Cins. To 2018  Jun 2015

2012

light red, dark pink robe that promises well. Redcurrant, fine fruit air that mixes in dust, thyme, lavender – it is easy to visualise local outcrops – but there is also a note of bonbon. The palate is taut, burnt, indeed tame after the promise shown so far. It quietens down notably on the finish, but the palate needs more kick. It is fresh in style, but unresolved on the palate between its fruit and its depth, the fruit not carrying. Another 3 months might help. It is a shade rustic. 2015.  May 2013

2011

pale, pink and onion skin robe. Has an outright bonbon, candy first aroma, bubble gum present. The palate is softly fruited, all a bit plain, lacks personal touch. This has a solid spine, has a couch of firm matter. Lacks a spark of interest, needs foods. 14°. To 2014 Feb 2012

2010

orange-tinted, very pale red. Easy-curved nose, with a fine red jam or jelly air. It is in a primary state before herbs come in, is stylish. Good-bodied palate, and the mid-late portion is juicy. Easy drinking, well ensemble wine. Pockets of sweetness on the nose and the palate, not overdone. Has a clear, tightly done finish, is a structured Tavel, a good mix of new and traditional styles. It persists well, can be drunk solo, but is a serious drop of wine. 14°. To 2014. July 2011 Previously March 2011 **(*) pale pink. Soft, ensemble air – light strawberry jam with herbal notions. The palate delivers immediate red cherry fruit, the attack offering more than the later stages – a front end load here. Some red cherry on the finish. A Provence style Tavel, is not really local. 14°. Just bottled, can make some progress, I hope. To 2013. March 2011

2008

orange tints in the pink robe; there are sweet notes on the nose – baked red fruits here, a bouquet that holds up well in the glass, has a little of the garrigue influence about it – herbs, baked stones. The palate has a direct theme, but the fruit holds together, and has a good, cool tenor. This makes a nice aperitif, a wine that would set up the palate for the food to follow. Ideal guest greeter (gg) wine. Good. 13.5°. To 2011. March 2009

2007

a little red tint in the pink robe; has a herbal, slight high tone aroma, with baked stones and a cherry stone topping. There is good, muscular width on the palate that starts out softly, with some gourmandise in it. It curves nicely towards the finish, and ends cool and pretty clean: serve cool because of its intrinsic power. Olive dishes and meats prepared in olives would be great with this. Has a fennel, aniseed aftertaste and is long. Has the modern style of Tavel emphasis on aromas. To end 2009. June 2008

2006 ()

pink robe tinted with red; exuberant bouquet with sunny, herbal appeal – redcurrants, a little cherry, is round and sweet. Palate shows good, grippy red fruit, nicely tight. Clear and persistent, has a tinkle of freshness. The fruit is assured all through, and lasts well. Good, clear finish with a firm tone, no messing around. Spice on the back taste. Can be drunk as an aperitif, but food is best – fish in a butter or cream sauce, Coquille St Jacques, couscous or straight grilled fish. June 2007

2005

half bottle, Copenhagen: pale strawberry colour, top rim light. Marzipan, nut, cherry topping to an agreeably fresh bouquet. Refined wine, I note it`s only 12.3 on the label (a funny do, given the label in London last year, hmmm, Poirot). Grows in fullness and chewiness as the palate ends with typical Tavel firmness. Has lost a little of its first fruit flush, but is pretty well balanced and good to drink with refined foods. Has a perfumato aftertaste, a little steeliness in the texture. A Danish plaice cooked in a shrimp and hortenberry sauce lengthens the wine and brings extra sweet fruit appeal late on. March 2007 Previously *** cherry, also strawberry aroma in a quite firmly founded bouquet. Fruited, live start, then gets serious, tightens and gains red wine attributes and a cherry flavour. Wholesome, and this - also 14° on the label - works its power OK, unlike several. May 2006, London