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43-55% Grenache, 24-36% Clairette blanche & rose, 21% Syrah (1930s, planted by Eugène Demoulin), 12-48 hour skin maceration, pressing, 20 day concrete vat fermentation at 19°C, steel vat raised 18 months, malo completed, “we harvest the crop for this last at a state of near over-ripeness, drink with shoulder of lamb, Moroccan cuisine”

2013

the robe shows evolution at the top, so is a trio of red, pink and ruby. The nose is a full on display of garrigue herbs, catnip and sunswept lands, and just manages to keep a lid on its glow. There is a baked fruit angle here in what is a manly start. This is a sturdy Tavel, with Grenache plum fruit at its centre, a roasted nature to it. It needs drinking with full flavoured dishes, is hovering on being too hot. 14°. 43% Gren noir, 36% Clairette, 21% Syrah. To 2019  Jun 2015 

2011 ()

the robe is moving to pale red, pink tints. Has a cigarette smoke air, strongly so, with smoke and flint foremost. Toffee and a lithe air of plum and fig complete the picture. The palate has a chalky, near limestone engagement with silex or flint, a smoky garrigue quality. It ends on that cut and quiet strength. Tobacco and quince complete the finale. Rather STGT wine. To 2015.  May 2013

2007

orange tints in the robe; bonbon sweets, soft aroma. The palate has good body, quiet power, and good length. This has been well assembled, and is also fresh on the finish. It has fine, subtle appeal and is deep as well. To 2011. March 2009 Previously June 2008 No Rating pink colour, onion skin in the robe; bouquet lacks freshness – kirsch tones, cherry here. Firm start to palate, with some heat, burn within. Never gets comfortable, wanders around and the finish is burnt. Neither texture nor flavour is supple enough. Bottle 2: tight, rather mean, pointed nose. Palate also hard in tone, with alcohol outside at the end. Taut fruit, ends curly. June 2008