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40-46% Grenache noir, 7-30% Cinsault, 3-20% Grenache blanc, 7-17% Syrah, 0-29% Mourvèdre, 0-10% Picpoul, 0-8% Clairette, 0-5% Carignan from marl, chipped limestone, sandy soils, av age 35 years, hand harvested, destemmed, carbonic gas applied in press, cool overnight maceration, cool decantation at 12°C, steel vat fermented 3 weeks at 15°C, 80-90% steel vat, 10-20% new-1 year 228-litre oak cask raised, assembled in Jan, bottled early March, malo blocked, filtered, “drink as an aperitif, with grilled meats, Provençal & Italian cuisine”, 5,000-9,500 b (potential of 35,000 b)

2019 ()

full pink, low-key red-tinted robe; the bouquet is furnished with sweet strawberry fruit, a note of ripe peach, is rounded and obvious. The attack is discreet, while the palate gives a continuous run of also sweet noted red berry fruit content, tapers towards the close, which is low-key, rounded. It has less pedigree than the leaders, but drinks easily and openly now, and will suit a lamb in rosemary, for example. 13.5°. To mid-2021 June 2020

2018

bright, joli red robe. The bouquet has a serious depth, and isn’t yet fully out. This is a proper Tavel. There is a hint of red cherry, and it can certainly develop and vary. The palate is well lined with firm red-fruited content, carries well, is wide and long. It’s snug in its firm frame, and has the body for veal, white meats, firm fish such as tune, monkfish. 13.5°. To 2021 May 2019

2017

has a classic red-hued Tavel robe. The bouquet is solid, well-filled, on abundant red cherry fruit with a coulis depth to it. It’s primary, not varied. The palate has a sweet, almost succulent attack, is plump and suited to pork, white meats. It finishes on a curve of roundness. It’s a tad simple, down the line. It is certainly best suited to la table over solo drinking. 13.5°. 9,500 b. 46% Grenache noir, 29% Mourv, 7% Grenache blanc, 7% Cinsault, 7% Syrah, 4% Picpoul, much changed since last year. €12 at the cellars. 23 hl/ha yield. To end 2019 July 2018

2016 ()

pale red robe, delicate and bright. The nose leads on a coulis of red cherry, redcurrant aroma, a hint of strawberry. It’s something of a red berry fest, comes with some mixed herbs’ airs. The palate starts with keen freshness, a red cherry flavour, near the stone, with a discreet gras late on, a note of caramel (from its oak) in the aftertaste, which is grippy, tight. It’s not really a full Tavel for all local cuisine, Asian dishes – it’s rather “in between” the fresh/aperitif style and the table dining style. 12.5° indicates an early harvest, with zap favoured over body. 8,400 b. 45% Grenache noir, 15% Grenache blanc, 15% Cinsault, 17% Syrah, 8% Picpoul. US$ 19.99. To 2019 Aug 2017

2015 ()

shiny pink robe. A note of reduction hovers over the nose, so air this before serving. There is a soft heart of red cherry fruit with a ginger snap lifting it. The palate gives a compact set of redcurrant style fruits, is expressive, drinks well, combining attractive gras with fresh length. The finish is well rounded. A Solid Operator. 14°. 42% Grenache noir, 16% Grenache blanc, 16% Cinsault, 17% Syrah, 9% Picpoul.To 2018  May 2016 

2014 ()

joli pink robe. The bouquet is mild, agreeable, presents a strawberry aroma of simple appeal. The palate drinks well now: it is soft enough for solo drinking, or with tender dishes such as salads. The fruit could travel further. It drifts on the finish. Could possibly have been harvested a day or two later. 13°. Harvested 15-26 Sept. 1 year oak this year. 40% Grenache noir, 20% Grenache blanc, 20% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, 10% Picpoul. To 2017  Jun 2015 

2013

pale robe, pink hue. The first aroma is one of strawberry, with red cherry behind – there is extra depth from that fruit. I wonder if there is a note of filtration board in the nose. The palate is sleek, streamlined, light in style. Not a true Tavel in the matter of its depth. Has a quite sign-off. I am not sure how 100% clean it is. 13.5°. 40% Grenache noir, 30% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, 8% Clairette, 7% Grenache blanc & Picpoul, 5% Carignan. To mid-2016  Jun 2015