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The Wines

50-60% Grenache, 30-40% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, vines mid-1980s, from alluvial, sand, galet stones, some clay soils on Vallongue, selected in the vineyard, 12-24 hour cold maceration, layers of juice added to the same vat, fermented at 13-18°C 6-10 days, raised concrete vats 5-10 months, malo blocked, “drink as aperitif, or with sweet-sour, spiced dishes, Creole & Indian cuisine, grilled jumbo prawns”, organic wine, 6,000 b

2018 ()

red robe with a note of orange, leans towards Provence. The bouquet is plain, shows a little, reticent red fruit, a note of spice, doesn’t have the ebullience or generosity of the better wines this year. The palate is a low-key do, has a soda pop, red cherry flavour, goes along without inspiration. It’s a touch on the oxidative side, as are some other 2018s this year. 14°. To mid-2020 May 2019

2016

bright pink robe with red cherry tints. The nose has a nicely prolonged, discreet depth of red fruit, strawberry, gives a ball of aroma in a well rounded, polished way. The palate runs freely and well with expressive, dashing red fruits which prolong well. The freedom in the wine is winning, and it’s broad across the late palate, finishing with some firm grip. It is still self contained, and can open further with time. It is delicately sustained along the palate. 14°. 6,000 b. 60% Gren, 30% Cins, 10% Syr. €11.80 at the cellars. To 2020 June 2017

2015

shiny pink with red robe. The nose is soft and broad, has a sweet strawberry appeal at its centre. It is also broad and has understated depth. The palate links well to the nose thanks to an easy flow of red fruits with flexible tannins adding texture to the final stages. It persists well. Nicely complete, and not all obvious – hence a wine of interest. 14°. 60% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 20% Syrah. €11.50 at the cellars. To 2018  May 2016

2014 ()

red-tinted robe. The nose is a sunny, rounded affair – it gives a charming red cherry aroma, with a dash of fresh breeze in it. The palate is concentrated on the attack, and runs with good depth and flow. Accomplished, proper Tavel for la table. STGT wine for salmon, lamb cutlets, comes from galet roulé soils only from Vallongue. Top quality, really good fruit and brio in the glass. It is very evocative of sunny Provençal days and local dishes. The freshness on the finish sets up the second glass perfectly. 60% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 10% Syrah. 2018-19  Jun 2015

2012

the robe has gaps in it, is a spotty pale pink. The bouquet gives an air of redcurrant jam, is a simple do, comes with a flash of licorice, cold tea in it. The palate shows rather advancing Grenache, its fruit lacking lift. The finish descends, and reveals a burnt side. To 2015. May 2013

2010 ()

pink, red tints in robe. Red berry, cherry aroma that is good and clear – it is quite deep, has a strongly candy air. Definite cut in the palate – a good run of fruit here – it is tasty and flinty. Good length. Good brisk make-up in the fruit – it has a clear, “steely” side. To late 2013. March 2011

2007

full pink colour; the bouquet shows Syrah influences, led by bold red fruits of some intensity. Has a solid underpinning, with some baked stones and garrigue plains. The shape of this bouquet comes in a low-key red wine shape. Has a structured, rather broad palate – once more, there is a red wine form to this – across and within the palate. Rather cellar-led ahead of the vineyard. Something of a bonbon sweets, cherry cake input to the flavour. Food best, rather than aperitif. As a firm wine, it would be best with sweet dishes, herb plats, lamb kebabs etc. To 2009-10. June 2008