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50-80% Grenache, 10-30% Cinsault, 0-25% Clairette blanche & rose, 0-5% Syrah, 0-10% Bourboulenc (vineyard 1992) from 2 hectares on white, sand-limestone alluvial soils around the Château, harvested a tiny bit underripe, 12-18 hour skin maceration overnight at 12°C, saignée or bleeding off the skins and press fermentation, cool settling of 24 hours, 10-20 day concrete vat fermentation at 17°C, steel vat raised 5-6 months, malo blocked, fined, filtered, first wine 2011, “drink as aperitif or with salads, grilled meat, a summer rosé to consume within one year”, 4,000 b

2017

pink, a touch orange robe. There’s an easy roundness on the nose, wild strawberry coulis, a curve of sweetness, red cherries. The palate has a savoury nature, holds squeezy content with a toffee note. Mixed red berry fruits feature here, with a finish that is restrained, but holds up OK. It’s decent, but slightly limited Tavel, caught in No Man’s Land by wanting to be soft, immediate, the result being it’s rather innocuous. There’s a touch of saltiness inside the palate, and it drift late on. 13.5°. 4,000 b. 50% Gren, 20% Clair, 30% Cins. €4.18. To 2019 Sept 2018

2016 ()

pale, bright pink colour. The nose has redcurrant airs, a light orange-citrus backing. The redcurrant indicates a strong Grenache influence, is a classic statement of that. The palate is light, quiet, with a fine point of red fruit at its centre. It drinks easily solo, with freshness built in. This is aperitif style rosé more than obviously Tavel. It has fruit, tang, drinkability. It’s bright, clear-toned rosé, the fruit delicate on the close. 13.2°. 4,000 b. 60% Gren, 15% Clair, 25% Cins, 10% Bourb. To 2019 Aug 2017

2015 ()

pink with a little onion skin in the robe. The nose gives an air of pear, candy fruit, a coulis of redcurrant, with a kind expression of violets. The palate has carbonic gas inside to pep it up, and that near spritz feel comes through. The flavour centres on red berries such as strawberry. The finish is clear, the content drifting a little there. Easy to drink, with some stuffing. 13.5°. 60% Gren, 25% Clair, 10% Cins, 5% Bourb. To 2018  May 2016

2014

mild pink robe. The bouquet is soft, gives a restrained air of red fruit jam. The palate continues with a soft, reserved layer of red fruit. Neat Tavel, but low on inspiration. Can be drunk solo as well as with mildly flavoured dishes, poultry. 13.5°. 80% Gren, 20% Cins. To 2017  Jun 2015 

2012 ()

pale pink. Gracious, rounded nose that reflects brioche, dust, feathery red fruit, strawberry jam aroma with floral touches, some pink grapefruit – this is an appealing, airborne bouquet. The palate connects well to the nose, a seamless transfer. The finish is attractive, supple. Good and drinkable, tasty. There is a shimmer of late power, glow. Good for the aperitif, also picnics, outdoors. Not up to spiced foods, though. Modern, attractive wine which will be versatile, has a fun to drink, dentelle quality, is fresh. To 2015  May 2013

2011

pink colour with light onion and orange in it. Redcurrant jelly, aromatic bouquet, with an air of baked fruit tart: it floats nicely, has some chiselled cut and flinty touches in it. The palate offers quince fruit, comes with herbs such as thyme in its flavour. It softens as it goes, and is an easy runner along the palate. This is suited to grilled sardines, salads, for instance. Its juice lasts safely until the finish. 13.5°. To mid-2014  May 2013