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30-55% Grenache, 20-60% Cinsault, 5-25% Syrah, 0-10% Clairette from 10.71 hectares on galet stone sandy soils, limestone lauze soils, 72 hour skin maceration & some direct pressing, fermentation by bleeding off skins (saignée) for 10 days at 15-18°C in steel vats, varieties blended after fermentation, concrete or steel vat raised 6 months, malo blocked, “drink with Provençal, Oriental, Asian foods, chocolate dessert”, 10,000 b

2018

clear red robe with a pale top. The nose is quiet, not showing much beyond a hint of red berry fruit, paste of strawberry. The palate has a swift hand-out of red fruit content, develops more width and depth as it goes, gets out of gaol on that front. The finish is lip smacking. This suggests that another three months will help it, with decanting a good move. It’s a trim, live, potentially stylish Tavel. 13.5°. To 2021 May 2019

2017

cherry red-hued robe, classic Tavel. A reserved air on the nose leads om red fruit lozenges, cherry fruits, has southern security of depth, raspberry, and a honeyed sweetness. The palate is broad, fleshy, with cherry stone, almost kirsch in the flavour. It drinks with steady gras at its centre, isn’t a real flowing affair, though. Large red cherries are the image given. This is correct, but lacks some lift. It is OK for Provençal dishes, garlic based, sauced dishes. 13.5°. 50% Gren, 40% Cins, 10% Syr. To mid-2019 Aug 2018

2016

fine, pale red robe. The nose is clear, direct, gives a soft red berry aroma, crushed strawberries, doesn’t have a lot of variety. This is free and mild, wheels along easily, and has a squelchy content just before the rather aromatic close. It can be drunk solo, or with hors d’oeuvres. It holds a fine freshness, but is a little escapist. It’s an en finesse Tavel, mild all through. 13.5°. 10,000 b. 50% Gren, 40% Cins, 10% Syrah. To 2019 July 2017

2015 ()

cherry red hued robe. The nose is tight, with an air of red cherry and elder berry; it has cut, and a sense of garrigue herbs. The palate is full from the start, leads on brisk and rolling black cherry fruit with a licorice darkness attached. The finish is crunched up, and this demands food over aperitif because of the muscle within. Spiced dishes will suit, as will white meats, tuna. A bold, fully fronted Tavel. 13.5°. 50% Gren, 40% Cins, 10% Syrah. To 2019  May 2016 

2014 ()

joli red robe. Cherry airs with a sweet curve about them on the nose. Notes of kirsch and spice are also present. The palate is solid, bears compressed red fruit, with a hint of tannin in the line-up. Good, traditional Tavel – drink with white meats, lobster, cheese, Asiatic cuisine. Plenty of heart to this and the content, which is spiced, goes long. 13.5°. 50% Gren, 40% Cins, 10% Clairette.  2018-19  Jun 2015

2012 ()

red-tinted, quite dark robe. Red cherry, light violet drifts feature in a reserved nose that has the potential to go on, isn’t fully out yet, has a latent nuttiness. The palate starts in sturdy fashion – there is close-wrapped power here. Its fruit is slowly coming through. It drinks well for roast foods, has a deep heart, is difficult to penetrate as it stands. It is a bit like an Alsace Pinot Noir from a sunny year. It ends firmly, with some tannin there. Air will help it, so decant. It has plenty of weight, rather than finesse or light touch, which is surprising if it is 60% Cinsault. 13.5°. 60% Cins, 30% Gren, 5% Syr, 5% Clair this year. To 2016  May 2013

2010

fine, orange-tinted pink. Supple, discreet red cherry fruit air with rubbed warm stones effect. Easy-fruited palate with a squeezy texture, provides solo, fleshy, sweet-noted drinking. Not an ambitious wine, safe in its zone, its length OK. Improved by some foods such as soft cheese, melon and raw ham. 13.5°. To 2013. 50% G, 25% Syr, 20% Cins, 5% Clairette this year. July 2011 Previously March 2011 ** pale pink; fresh, springy nose, whose fruit is reticent for now. Grainy palate, is rather taut. Workmanlike wine, its run along the palate is unsteady. 13.5°. To 2013 March 2011

2008

pink with wee orange tints in the robe. Sweet, ripe fruit that is almost on the turn leads the bouquet – the sense of fruit that is past its best moment on the plant. The palate bears pretty, squeezy red fruit, has a slight gummy texture later on, but it all makes for simple, uncomplicated drinking. Sound length. There is a nutty, baked stones note on the finish. 13.5°. To 2011. March 2009

2006

mainstream pink colour; soft, round red fruits aroma – the fruit is ripe and heading for the plush or candy in style. Good mix of fruit and sinew, grip on palate. There is a direct route for the fruit – it is well presented and has good carry. Clean, rounded finish, this has good balance. The fruit is as clear as a whistle, and is a trump card. Pepper and a little heat on the aftertaste. Great with grilled fish, can do as an aperitif and would also march fine with Asiatic food. To 2009. June 2007

2005

well-knit, strawberry nose, a little sweetness. Served too warm, so unfair comments. But: cherry, light red fruit jam. Chewy touches on end palate. Just lacks a bit of core. May 2006, London