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60% Grenache, 15% Clairette blanche, 10% Cinsault, 10-15% Syrah, 0-5% Bourboulenc, from 3 hectares on galet stone covered sand, a little clay soils on plateau of Vallongue, av age 40-50 years, hand harvested, destemmed crop, 2 day cool maceration, pressing, fermentation at 18°C, vinification 15-20 days, steel vat raised 5-6 months, malo blocked, “drink with roasted or spicy chicken, duck, goose, fish soup, seafood, red mullet, John Dory, Asian cuisine, garlic & tomato dishes”, organic wine, 6-14,000 b

2019 ()

bright, vivid red robe with crimson notes. The bouquet is thorough, resembles a red wine in its depth and poise, has a lavender, herbes de Provence tone mixed with raspberry, a very sure depth. The palate is broad, expressive, rolls with concerted red berry fruits, the garden in the glass. The second half is impressive, the length so sustained that it extends into the far horizon. This is top notch, STGT Tavel that gives a good picture of its landscape, is both bright and full. It assembles a note of power as it closes, so is very much a Tavel for veal, Osso Bucco, mushroom, truffle dishes – it will take those in its stride, and will also settle down late on over the course of the next 12 months. 14.5°. Bottled 4 Feb 2020. 2024-25 July 2020


bright red colour, nice and inviting. The nose is on a lemonade, lychee trail, raspberry jelly and dried herbs such as thyme in the second tier, is an upfront opening, well furnished as a Tavel should be. The palate picks up from the nose via its full, ample serving of red fruits, cherry and redcurrant. It takes no prisoners, is a vivid, fuelled wine from the warm lands, demands robust flavours, the essence of the Mediterranean, on the plate with it. 14.5°. To 2022 May 2019


fine red robe with touches of pink. The nose is stylish, on elegant red fruits, a soft murmur of strawberry, the fruit really trim, along with notes of thyme, dried herbs. The palate is soft, broad, juicy, open to all comers, develops stealthy length, is notably persistent, has legs on the lingering finish. The squeezy gras is appealing. There’s a hint of degree, so it demands la table – lobster, tuna, soft cheese, Asiatic cuisine. It has a suave, appealing, pliant texture, mild sweetness. The length is good and steady. 14.5°. 14,000 b. 60% Gren, 15% Clair blanche, 10% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, 5% Bourboulenc. To 2021 July 2018

2016 ()

mild red, touch of scarlet in the robe, which is darker than la Dame Rousse 2016 – the latter is more pink all through. The nose holds a vigorous red cherry fruit aroma, a liqueur, full coulis depth, with pear drop sweets, dried thyme, and on Day 2, real concentrated red cherry fruit. The palate courses well with abundant, juicy gras content; it’s very long, and its juice persists with style and purity. This is structured Tavel for boldly flavoured dishes, veal, sauces, garlic. The aftertaste is broad, thorough, takes on some saltiness in its strawberry, red cherry. It is like snacking on brilliantly ripe, fresh red fruits, and its inner concentration will allow it to develop and run over time until 2022-23. It has a firm base, is a proper, STGT Tavel. 60% Gren, 15% Clair blanche, 15% Syrah, 10% Cinsault. 14.5°. 7,000 b. 60% Gren, 15% Clair blanche, 10% Cins, 10% Syr, 5% Bourboulenc. €14.95 export. June 2017


classic pink-red robe. The nose starts on reduction, so it needs plenty of air to free it up. There is a sense of strawberry fruit within. The palate is a mixed bag with carbonic gas and red fruit with a note of edginess, sharpness overall. It isn’t a fused ensemble and the late moments have a bitter note. This demands la table, and poultry, white meats are just about in line for it. There is a little gras to work with, so try from late 2016. 14.5°. To 2019 May 2016 


full pink, wee red tints. Has a thyme, rocky tang aroma with a hum of red cherry under it. The nose displays a fresh lift. The palate is trim, compact, bears redcurrant fruit with a note of spice that adds variety. It develops a bitter note as it goes, which is the last impression. Food will help the finish, which is a mite sudden. The nose beats the palate. 14.5°. To 2018  Jun 2015

2013 ()

pink robe, still in good form. This has a bright, red-fruited bouquet with a dash of summer flowers in its bonny scent. The palate sets off well, runs with freshness, and can even be drunk solo. The red berry flavour is tender, and the gras richness trim. More modern than traditional. 14.5°. To 2017 Jun 2015


pink, rather attractive robe. The nose gives blackcurrant, with a near Riesling petrol side to it, and an air of redcurrant fruit coulis. The bouquet is slightly cosmetic, boudoir-like. The palate has a rather soapy side, bears creamy fruit, à la Provençal. It ends on that supposedly suave roundness. I find this a poacher in the lands of Tavel, but people will drink it as an aperitif, for instance. There are salty touches at the end. To 2015.  May 2013


pale pink; fresh, fine redcurrant, gooseberry, bonbon sweets, pear drop airs. There is a tight little ball of red fruit flavour on the palate – it has a fresh outer with some gras within. It is quite big in spirit, its acidity is evident, is raw now. Needs food. It finishes on firm, tight notes – a firmness that needs to ease. From May 2012. 14.5°. To 2014-15. Feb 2012


pale pink; welcoming, friendly, finely-fruited nose, with a precise expression of small red fruits, a classy elegance. I detect just a bit of yeast. Quite a firm debut to the palate, then a juicy middle that carries well to the finish, the firm nature never far away. Ends with purpose, grounding, is a serious wine that merits clear flavours – grilled or steamed fish such as turbot, halibut, sea bass, or a mousse of aubergines, plain grilled chicken, cheeses such as Brie de Meaux, Camembert. Very good length. 14.5°. 2013-14 July 2011