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50-60% Grenache noir, 10-30% Cinsault, 8-15% Clairette, 5-9% Mourvèdre, 4-20% Syrah, 2-5% Grenache blanc, Bourboulenc, Carignan, from sandy soils, oldest vines 1965-67, av age 30 years, from 30 hectares on sandy, galet stone, filtering soils, early morning hand harvesting, 50% 12-15 hour skin pellicule maceration, then bleeding off (saignée) 10 day fermentation at 15-18°C in concrete vats, 50% direct pressed over 3 hours, steel vat raised 5-6 months, fine lees stirred once weekly from November until end January - bottled early Feb-March, malo blocked, called La Crosse on the label, organic wine, 60-150,000 b

2017 ()

shiny, inviting pink robe. The nose is crisp, buzzy, on redcurrant fruits with a cool glint in them, a note of strawberry softness as an anchor. This drinks with vivacity, bustles along with acidity that is close to searching. There is a definite desired style of freshness, with carbonic gas in play here. There is a bracing side to the palate, which is very active. It has a salted, red cherry aftertaste. This is like an onshore wind coming in at you – hence it is a bit between being comfortable à table and being comfortable as an aperitif. This is very clean, New wave style of Tavel. 13.5°. 68,000 b. 60% Gren noir & blanc, 20% Syrah, 10% Cins, 10% Clairette, Bourboulenc. To 2020 Aug 2018

2016 ()

called La Crosse on the back label: pale pink robe, less deep than most Tavels. Red cherries and candy twin on the nose, indicating a low temperature fermentation, hence a little in the mainstream. There are occasional notes of strawberry, a hint of lavender. This is light and airborne, with small red fruits on display, a little nugget of extra juice thickness near the finish. It’s a fresh rosé with a little body. It leaves me wanting more – more depth. It finishes clearly. It is fine in style, the fruit is refined, and the wine is bright, which is its royal card. It will please urban/metropolitan drinkers more than those serving Provençal dishes, food with oomph and attitude. 13.5°. 70,000 b. 55% Gren noir & blanc, 20% Cins, 8% Clairette blanche, 8% Syr, 9% Mourv. €6 export. To 2019 July 2017

2015 ()

the robe mixes pink and light red. The nose gives a supple, softly rounded air of red berry fruit, no real variety with that. The palate is based on mild red fruits, with a neat centre. It lacks flair, plays it safe. Straddles Provence and Rhône, sits in a slight No Mans Land stylistically. It could go longer, also. 13.5°. 60,000 b. 55% Gren noir & blanc, 30% Cins, 13% Clairette, 2% Syr, Mourv, Cari, Bourb. Harvest started 31 August. To late 2017. May 2016

2014 ()

pink robe. The nose is slightly on the edgy side – it has an air of red cherry, redcurrant with a slice of rockiness. The palate is fresh, and a shade angular, the content somewhat dilute, brittle. The length is saline, with flashes of red fruit present. Maybe can gel with more bottle age. Try from autumn 2015. 13.5°. 2017-18  Jun 2015 

2012

pale pink. Fresh first aroma that gives a mix of candy and redcurrant. The palate starts tightly, is rather steely, and stretches out in a straight line. The close is firm, not yielding. This is a little wiry. There is a note of carbonic gas on the end. Arm’s length, too clinical at this stage. May soften and mellow for the better. OK for the aperitif. Bottled 11 Feb 2013, so has had three months, but is not really firing. To 2015  May 2013

2011 ()

legs down the glass, pale pink core to the robe. The nose shows carbon dioxide, lees, has a peppery influence, is fresh, comes with licorice. The palate starts on an alert redcurrant flavour, with a finely tuned coating of matter. It drinks well solo, has grip late on and extends rather well into a clear back palate, with some lip smack. 13.5°. To 2014 Feb 2012

2010 ()

off orange, salmon pink. Softly fruited air, agreeably supple, herb and garrigue tinted red jam, white strawberry aroma that is nicely broad. The palate has a pebbly, warm stones nature with a spine of light tannin, a good column through it. It builds into some power on the finish, the length is decent. Direct style that accentuates freshness. Food best since it has herbal complexity and light tannin: Mediterranean fish, fish soup. 13.5°. To 2013. Only 90,000 b this year. July 2011 Previously March 2011 **** pale pink. Rather reductive, candy air attached to soft red fruit, comes with a touch of brioche, is a bright start. Measured, safe, homogenous palate – it is long, and has quiet power within. The finale is live, expands, and ends on a note of candy sweets. More obvious fruit from say July 2010. 13.5°. 2013-14. March 2011

2008

(to be bottled in four days) light salmon pink robe, the top is transparent. Floral air, with the hum of red fruits around it – this is a good, live nose. Direct, fresh, red cherry flavour on the palate, a wine that keeps pushing on. The aftertaste is pebbly in texture. Good with grilled fish. “Its pre-bottling filtration will round it,” Gullaume Dugas. 13.5°. To 2011. March 2009

2007

pretty classic pink colour; the bouquet is poised – shows an elegant, lateral aroma, with nice quite grip and a wee garrigue, thyme-fennel combination. The palate red fruit is delivered in an elegant, measured way, and ends on a round, tiny bit sweet red fruit mousse note – maybe strawberry coulis, for instance. Although the finale is a bit sweet, it is pretty clear. There is still some carbonic gas on the palate. Rice dishes, aubergines, spring rolls all suitable here. To 2009. June 2008

2006 ()

light pink; there are clear lines in the bouquet and a pretty fragrance – this is harmonious, with some baked stones and bright red fruit combining the place with an elegant approach. Crisp start to palate, the fruit has tension and life in it, then settles and rounds out later on. Round, mild strawberry finish. A wine with good flow, and an interesting composition of fruit and understated reserves of full matter. Classy, as usual from here, pursues its course to a firm, slightly nutty aftertaste. Solid flavours are well up for spiced foods, and pork chops. To 2009. June 2007 Previously Dec 2006 a large % of the final wine: ***(*) pale pink; active, red fruits nose – strawberry, broad and airy. Nicely alert, fresh wine without great stuffing, is less robust than 2005. Bonny wine, skips along well.

2005

baked red fruits tart aroma; slightly chunky shape to palate, straightens well as it runs, is elegant and persistent. Now in its second phase of life, still holds its charm and balance, is a wine for food now. To 2009-10 - why not? Dec 2006 Previously May 2006, London **** supple, nicely crafted red fruits aroma, is clean-cut. Pretty and fresh red fruit start to palate, has a good mid to end palate, and gains a friendly little sweetness on the finish. Beau Vin. Good end grip and content. To 2008. Yes, only 13.5° on the label. A wine of pleasure rather than a Matterhorn for the drinker to climb. May 2006, London