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The Wines

20-50% Grenache (1953-54 & younger), 20-60% Cinsault (1984, 2000s), 15% Clairette blanche & rose, (1996), 10% Carignan (1973, early 2000s), 2-3% Mourvèdre, 1-2% Bourboulenc, Calitor over 31 plots across 11 hectares, over 50% from chipped limestone soils (lauzes, 6 ha) on Les Vestides, 2-3 ha on Olivet (sandy), 1-2 ha on Le Plan (white clay), whole bunch pressing, 5-6 day vinification at 15°C, raised 25-40 hl tronconic oak vat 15-18 months, malo completed, has a pink label 10 mg/litre SO2 at blending, none at bottling, 3,300-5,350 b

2018

(tronconic oak vat) fine pink robe; the nose is charming, on strawberry notably, airs of rose petal, strawberry coulis, is refined, nicely loose and appealing. The palate attack is live, jumps out well, has a sweep of red fruits with a spine that is firm, is a bit on its way, is busy after the tenderness of the nose. It has 1,400 mg of carbonic gas, which makes it more busy, more direct than it could be. It has a solid heart, and it will be interesting to see how it goes with another 12 months in the oak vat. The finish is firm, compact, with strawberry jam on the aftertaste, mixed herbs, thyme. “2018 is a digestible vintage, what with all the early rains – there’s less dry matter in the wines than in 2016 and 2017,” Eric Pfifferling. 2024-25 May 2019

2017 No Rating

this will be on release in Jan 2020

2016 ()

the robe is pink, young; there’s curved sweetness on the nose, a sealed air of red fruits, dense strawberry – it’s a reticent start. The Cinsault I find is ripe on the nose, present there, with its usual light peppering, jam and caramel also from the year and the oak. The palate lines up a wall of red cherry flavour, with chicken stock, outside influences, quince paste, munchy tannins. This has a red wine shape and structure, with layers and levels of kirsch style content. It’s a bit fuzzy in its definition. “This needs to opened well ahead – three-plus hours, rather than decanted; it may need to be left for two to four years for it to liberate. 2016 was a very small crop, with high heat. We started the harvest in early September, with a high degree in the wines – the blue label was 14°, but there was exceptional natural acidity in 2016,” Eric P. It’s suited to sauced dishes, Vieille France cuisine, is an interesting wine. 2027-29 May 2019

2015 ()

red robe with pink tints. The bouquet has grace, offers a steadfast red fruit aroma, rose and strawberry in a very bonny harmony. The palate glides along very well, holds a lovely tasty red fruit centre, is aromatic and sustained. This is full of style. Its texture is finely firm: it is proper table wine. It carries very well, and has a very belle quality of juice with flesh and fine tannin. The serene juice and fine gras are a tribute to the 50 year average age Grenache vines. To 2021 May 2016 

2014

has a traditional Tavel attractive bright red robe. The nose shows reduction, has red cherry fruit and plenty on offer, an earthiness and notes of yeast also. The palate has a red-fruited debut with a real energy; it picks up saltiness. This is table wine, with character, bundles of garrigue, a warm stones presence. This has a perlant quality, a little and smooth spritz. It ends on a flavour of soaked strawberries. The yeast burns off, and is replaced by licorice and thyme. It expands all the time, and strats to become a red wine. STGT Tavel. 13°. Lot E. Bottled Dec 2015. 2021-22 April 2016

2013 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED: coulure on the Grenache – flowers not converting into fruit