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43-65% Grenache (1971/1979), 35-57% Cinsault (1971) from 3.5 hectares on galet stone soils on Vallongue, hand harvested, destemmed, cool maceration 1-2 days, steel vat fermented 2-4 weeks, steel vat raised 3-4 months, malo blocked, filtered, first wine 2005 (sold to Norway), “drink with cold meats, poultry, white meats, pasta with salmon & cream, seafood, scallops, turbot, John Dory”, 20-26,000 b

2018

appealing, lustrous red robe. The bouquet gives a prominent burst of red cherry fruit, cherry stone, veers towards eau de vie. This is a strong, assertive do – don’t drink it standing up. The palate is full, muscular, fuelled with red fruit, the texture and the finish firm. It’s manly Tavel for robust dishes, glows on the aftertaste, has just come in from the parched lands, is near sipping wine in form. Given this power, the balance is unsteady. 14.5°. To 2021 May 2019

2017

pink robe. Has a secure, rather broad aroma that leads on strawberry, with mulberry depth involved. It holds up well. The palate links closely via a broad fronted attack of redcurrants, wild fruits with menthol tingle towards the close, a line of freshness from that. This is good Tavel, bright and table friendly, lovely with grilled Mediterranean fish, sea bass, for example. The length is great, very well sustained, and this has real structure. 14.5°. 25,000 b. 57% Cins, 43% Gren. 2020-21 Aug 2018

2016

red robe with scarlet touches. The nose has a comfortable depth of bright red cherry fruit, some strawberry, a good and vibrant mix with the depth for drinking à table. It’s a little reserved, and will blossom further over time. The palate rolls along well via a cherry stone, red-fruited flavour with an inner power from the warm summer. The fruit reminds me of that from Vallongue. Its shape is like that of a red wine, is a serious sit-down drink for Provençal dishes, white meats. There is a line of tannin along the outside; it’s very much food rosé, modern vinification Tavel suited to traditional pairing, Provençal dishes and ingredients, also Asiatic cuisine. It’s bright and full, an STGT wine of strength that travels nicely, and flourishes with a cod fish dish. 14.5°. 2020-21 June 2017

2015 ()

red touches in the robe. The bouquet presents a broad, well rounded ripe red fruits aroma, has the sunny depth of 2015. The palate sequels well from the nose, via an enjoyable, quietly bountiful offer of cosy, well-fruited gras, its fat well-tuned. The aftertaste is round, slightly assertive. Good with chicken, turkey, hake, monkfish. 14.5°. 55% Gren, 45% Cins. 26,000 b. £GB9.50 The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com 2018-19  May 2016 

2014

classic pink robe; the bouquet bears a true garrigue nature, airs of pine, redcurrant fruit, lavender. A beau start. It is well concentrated on the palate, comes with a muscular side, the red fruit insistent throughout. Good typicity, STGT wine. I like the strength of the finish, which is a true Tavel characteristic. Lamb on the barbecue, sausages, merguez – all good partners for this. It is full of beans on its long finish. 14°. 50% Gren noir, 50% Cins. Harvested 16-22 Sept. Bottled Feb 2015. 2018-19  Jun 2015 

2013 ()

the robe is mainly red; the nose has a quiet air of violets, the scent of Pez sweets, a cherry liqueur present. It is overtly perfumed. The palate moves along well, with a smooth texture and plenty of wine in the glass to accompany barbecued meats. The late stages have a good foundation, and it is grainy, fresh as it closes. 14.5°. To 2018  Jun 2015  Previously Dec 2014 *** red cherry colour. Has a well concentrated red berry aroma, with several layers of fruit, and also a licorice-aniseed angle which is attractive. The nose beats the palate, which has almost a spritzy feature, a flavour of quince fruit, underripe redcurrant. It has marked cut, which sits rather uneasily with its alcohol. It finishes bumpily – a tangle of fruit, graininess and slight spirit. Food a must: good with Comté and Cheddar cheese, for instance. 14.5° - that lies at the heart of its challenge to achieve balance. To 2017  Dec 2014, East Sussex

2012

pale red, glinting robe. Has a smoky, flinty air, a nice bundle of red berry fruit present, light floral, even grenadine and banana notes – overall it is cool, lucid, well-filled. The palate starts on sweet notes, offers a good, fluid run of red fruit that picks up spice as it goes, ending on an interesting mix of fruit, flint, smoky herb tea. There is attractive gras at its heart, while the smoky finish is appealing, shows a slight power charge there. The finish is gourmand, round, a bit sweet. To 2016  May 2013

2011

red-tinted robe. The bouquet has a rather sleek air, with sunny fat in it; it is wide, toasted, and can carry on well, with some reduction present. This is big, scaled wine of effort more than ease – it has a foot on the pedal style form its making, but the macerated cherry fruit flavour still declares strongly. It has plenty of life in it, can be decanted. Suited to chicken dishes, Asiatic foods. Fine acidity is just keeping it going on an even keel. To mid-2014.  May 2013 Previously Feb 2012 ***(*) (bottling in one week) pale top robe, pink. Has a soft redcurrant air, a little thyme herbs and garrigue influences – a pretty start. The palate has a wholesome roundness and fine acidity, bears red jam, red fruit. It lengthens well, has a very Mediterranean style. Suited to foods rather than aperitif. Garlic dishes spot on with this. 14.5°. To 2015 Feb 2012

2010 ()

pink robe; rather reductive, yeasty air, red jam present. In the bouquet that sits widely and comfortably. The palate starts out tightly, has lost some of its reduction, but there is definite content, even if stiff for now. It lengthens like a red wine, but is rather technical. It has not got there yet – the front of mouth acidity needs to settle, the finish a shade burnt on both occasions it has been tasted. From late 2011. 14°. 2014-15 July, March 2011

2008

orange with a little pink in it; smoky, baked stones nose – sun off the stones, something of the garrigue about this. The palate has a sound couch of fruit and matter. There is a touch of late heat. Its red fruits have freedom, and the end spot of chewy content works well, too. Food best. 14°. 2011-12 March 2009

2007

pretty secure pink robe; has a nicely broad nose – some sweet, mild strawberry notes - is graceful and precisely delivered. This is very harmonious, a wine that can serve for both aperitif and food. The sequence from nose to palate flows well, and the palate possesses some sweet-toothed red fruit. It finishes roundly, and the fruit is a special treat. Good and steady wine, STGT in style. To 2010. “This can be opened one hour ahead of its drinking,” Richard Maby. June 2008