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45-50% Grenache, 20-30% Cinsault, 17% Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan, 7% Picpoul, Bourboulenc, 6% Clairette from plots on the limestone at Les Vestides, av age 35 years, 24-48 hour maceration (before 2008 was 2-3 days), then low temperature fermentation, 10-15 days at 13°-14°C, concrete & steel vat raised 5-6 months, malo blocked, “drink as aperitif, with Asian dishes, tajines, paella, Provençal cuisine, white meat, dry goat cheese”, white bottle, 70-100,000 b

2019

refined, clear pink colour; the bouquet is a neat affair, leads on redcurrant with a neat of pear drop sweets, dried herbs. The palate reveals inner strength via a suave feel outer, centres on redcurrants with their tang of acidity, carries salted late moments, and a little undertone of power. It’s a direct Tavel, a mite challenging on the second half due to its slightly pushy nature there. It doesn’t really hang together as one. 14°. 2022-23 June 2020

2018

shiny red robe; the bouquet is stylish, a little withdrawn for now, presents red berry fruit with a smatter of herbes de Provence. It has a beefy depth, isn’t a patsy. The palate is freighted, bears prominent, full flavoured red fruit content, with vigour in the late stages. It has sustained length, good channels of the fruit running around the close, a little softness and squeeze of gras on the aftertaste. It’s STGT Tavel, very true and convincing. It can be decanted. 14°. To 2022 May 2019

2017 ()

refined pink robe, quite see through. Has a wispy, red berry, fragrant bouquet that has a red cherry centre with a point of intensity, a little coulis of strawberry depth also. The palate gives easy, enjoyable drinking, is lined with small red fruits, has good dance and vivacity. There is inner weight beyond the outside freedom, so there’s enough depth for summer dishes, while it can serve for the aperitif as well. It’s a refreshing, modern, reined-in version of Tavel with a crisp finish, some dried herbs there. It’s aided by carbonic gas, a touch of perlant. The aftertaste is slightly escapist. 13.5°. 100,000 b. 50% Gren, 20% Cins, 7% Picpoul & Bourb, 6% Clair, 17% Syrah, Mourv, old Carignan. €4.40. 100,000 b. To 2020 July 2018

2016 ()

red robe with pink and brick tints, a low-key rim to it. The nose is floral, gentle, holds a quite aroma of crushed strawberries, a joli sweetness implicit. There’s a touch of candy, and light airs of mixed herbs, lavender. The palate gets off to a zingy start, moves with fresh purpose. This is direct Tavel, the aperitif possible. It’s all very self-contained, neat, and is up to hors d’oeuvres more than white meats, full flavoured dishes. It ends with salty cut, licorice in a decisive, rather firm sign-off. 14°. 100,000 b. 50% Gren, 20% Cins, 7% Picpul & Bourb, 6% Clair, 17% Syrah, Mourv, old Carignan. €4.30. To 2020 May 2017

2015

red-hued colour. There is a compote of red fruits opening on the nose, a mild sweetness at its heart. The palate drinks easily now, with a soft centre and finale. The red berry fruit is supple. Not a notably full wine, but has its little local authenticity. Fish, soft cheese, brandade good with this. 14°. 50% Gren, 20% Cins, 7% Picpul & Bourb, 6% Clair, 17% Syrah, Mourv, old Carignan. €4.70. To 2017 May 2016

2014 ()

bright red, slight pink colour; a Syrah style red fruit aroma runs across the nose, also a note of dusty garrigue. The palate is closely crunched together with a red stone, red cherry core flavour. This is grounded Tavel, for la table, and up to lamb, pork, for example. There is an ample presence towards the finish, which works well. 13.5°. 2017-18  Jun 2015

2012 ()

fine, light red. The nose is forward, offering, gives a pretty little wall of redcurrant, with some licorice, fennel and a touch of spice in discreet attendance. It leaves space for mystery. The palate is agreeable, centred around red cherry fruit, running with a certain purpose. It attacks on tight red cherry fruit. It ends comfortably, both round and grounded. Suited to foods – cold meats, for instance, hors d’oeuvres. It is still “young”, and could actually be decanted. The finish is solid. 2015-16  May 2013

2010

pale pink; cherry fruit with baked airs – a tight-knit bouquet. The palate is quite robust, evolving to a nutty, orange flavour, has full elements. It is a bit tough on the finish, the fruit suppressed there. It needs food, and will be fine with dishes. Bring on some lamb cutlets in herbs, rosemary. To late 2012. 13.5°. March 2011

2008 ()

bright, pale pink; calm, measured aroma – red jam with a lacing of herbs. Attractive fruit attack, comes with good dash, drinks well solo – aperitif. The end is fresh and clear, with enough body to be interesting. All is in harmony here, with just a little late tightness. 13.5°. To 2011 March 2009

2007

pink with red trimming in the robe; has a bright, cherry fruit aroma, with a little sweet curve in it. Holds compact, redcurrant, cherry fruit on the palate – and there is a sound run to it. Ends on a bonbon, slightly candy note. Can make it as an aperitif as well. To end 2009. June 2008

2006 ()

marked red in the robe; red fruit aroma with a steely air around it – red cherries and some apparent herbs. Chewy, mini-red wine start to palate, then a cherry aftertaste, some end heat. Quite a full-on wine with a bold style, plenty of guts and sound appeal. Full and punchy. Best with food – notably white meats, poultry, aubergine dishes. June 2007

2005

sparky, bright cherry bouquet, good local feel. Cherry flavour early, nutty towards the finish. Clean cut, a little heat resides within. Broad, quite rich wine, respectable length. May 2006, London