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60% Grenache, 10% Cinsault, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 5% Bourboulenc, 5% Clairette blanche from 9 hectares on galet stone soils, limestone (lauzes) soils, mainly sandy soils, av age 45 years, hand harvested, destemmed crop, 36-48 hour cool maceration, pressing, fermentation at 18°C, vinification of 15-20 days, steel vat raised 5-6 months, malo blocked, “drink with fish, seafood, fish soup, chicken, poultry, white meats, duck, Oriental & Asian dishes”, organic wine, 25-40,000 b

2017 ()

fine pink robe that leans towards Provence, some orange tints. Has a soft, mild nose that is a touch escapist for a Tavel, comes with candy and strawberry notes, a hint of lavender and redcurrant. The palate glides along on tasty, trim red fruits. It develops a smoky-tobacco freshness on the finish. I feel the degree/power is on the high side for its measured level of content, so there is slight imbalance. The greater depth of their 2017 Reine des Bois works better as a unity; this requires food to tone down its degree. The finish is crisp. It’s an in the instant Tavel, suited to summer dishes. 14.5°. A low 25,000 b this year. To early 2020 July 2018

2016

bright pink robe that glistens. This has a good, assured nose with airs of crushed strawberry, red cherry near the stone. It has a good foundation, lavender-aniseed also present. Its underlying sweetness renders it appealing and uncomplicated. The palate gives jolly, Redondo content, red fruits with fine freshness. This has style, a combination of finesse and confident, nicely compact matter. The nose explores breadth, the palate runs with free, pure fruit, and fresh length. This is jaunty, pure and rather stealthy Tavel, stealthy in terms of its implicit weight, and swings along well. 14.5°. 30,000 b. 60% Gren, 10% Cins, 10% Syr, 10% Mourv, 5% clair blanche, 5% Bourb. €14.95. To 2020 June 2017

2015

attractive and shiny, lucid red robe. The nose is much reduced, pongy as a result. Its red fruit struggles to show through. Decant this. The palate is sweet and obvious, with fleshy content at its centre. I prefer the palate to the nose. There is a ripeness in the fruit from its Grenache, and it is suited to chicken, mild flavours. 14.5°. To late 2017 May 2016

2014

pink robe, legs visible. Has a fresh, typical nose, with garrigue herbs – rosemary – mixed in with a lightly sweet red fruit. It is a good start. The palate brings forward a roll of red cherry fruit, with local Tavel depth and a note of tannin as it closes. STGT wine with good strength and reach along the palate. Asiatic cuisine, pork dishes are suited, tajine of lamb. Good acidity helps it to keep running. 14.5°. 2018-19  Jun 2015 Previously Apr 2015 ***(*) pale pink. Has a good, authentic bouquet – it is deep and fine, the lead fruit strawberry. This has a streamlined palate, is a new wave Tavel. There is a low-key thread of herbes de Provence, a line of redcurrant and quince fruit. Freshness comes through on the finish. A full aperitif, or good with grilled Mediterranean dishes, red mullets and similar fish. 14.5°. To 2017  Apr 2015

2013 ()

the robe is evolving, and now shows a tapered, full at heart pink. The nose reflects a less than full sun vintage – it has a grainy quality, mixes redcurrant and raspberry fruit, is decisive. The palate is abundant, ample, delivers plenty in the glass. The finish carries its fruit and content well. Going well now. 14.5°. To 2017  Jun 2015 

2012

pink, salmon colour, the Leander Rowing Club colours here. The bouquet is big, waiting to burst open, bears airs of quince, cordite, camomile tea, pink grapefruit, pomegranate. The palate is broad, muscular. There is a lot in the glass here. It runs truly to the finish, which is clean. Suited to foods such as salmon in dill, quail, guinea fowl, more than the aperitif. Thorough wine that has character, is quite forceful. Good, traditional Tavel. 44 hl/ha this year, high. 14.5°. To 2016  May 2013

2011 ()

pink, wee red. Immediate STGT air on the nose – baked plateau herbs, a little varnish, red fruits. The palate is nicely bodied, gives a well-sustained run of red fruit flavour. There are good, clean lines with a small point or bubble of red fruit at the end – already a characteristic of 2011. The fruit lasts well, and it grips on the finish. Well assembled wine, STGT. 14.5°. To mid to late 2014. Feb 2012

2010

pale pink; candy sweetness, a bit of sodapop. Low-key redcurrant, bonbon sweets, some subtlety, acetate. Straightforward, new wave Tavel on the palate – mild red jam, this skims across, is orderly, could have more soul. Correct length, there is discreet power here. Fine fruits on the finish. Decanting OK for it. To 2013. July 2011

2008

bright pink robe; has a bonbon sweets, high tone aroma that is broad. The palate is more robust than most 2008s, and veers towards a little red wine in feel and extraction. It ends on a taste of the Pez sweets – cherry flavoured ones, hence a perfumato finale. Light foods best. To 2011. March 2009

2007

sober pink colour with a trace of red. Has a red cherry, decisive nose which shows a waxen nature, with baked stones and grapefruit as well. There is a sure surround to the palate's red fruit, and this is a wine of intrinsic power. It is modern, cellar-led Tavel that pushes on with intent and assertion. The red fruits have to deal with its heady leaning. Punchy and solid – not for the faint-hearted. Drink in the evening more than lunchtime. White meats, veal, mushroom dishes, chicken in lemon, Vietnamese food all good with this. “Our aromas are usually red fruits such as raspberries, but they moved to a more citrus, even pink grapefruit air in 2007,” Christophe Delorme. To 2009-10 June 2008

2006

very pink, bright robe; has a wispy cherry aroma, with a little nuttiness – this is a broad and firm bouquet. Has a solid palate – there are red fruits that have a tight, sealed texture that is consistent throughout. There is a sense of power bubbling under – this is a muscled wine, apt for spiced food such as chicken tico is taken in its stride. The fruit holds up pretty well. 14.5°. October 2007, Paris Previously June 2007 ***(*) quite a classic salmon pink colour; tight red fruits aroma – led by strawberry, and some ripe red currant and crabapple. Nice early swoop of fruit on the palate, moves along with purpose. Is full towards the finish – has a solid kick there. Broad and structured wine, as usual from the leading estate. Is a punchy Tavel, with some late heat, the fruit flows well. Needs food – full flavours, grilled but not barbecued meats, would go well with thyme and rosemary dishes. June 2007

2005

bright, cherry-inspired aroma, bouquet has a firm underlay, is full, with a solid core. Pretty potent, full-on start to palate. Fruit is stretched out by the alcohol. Demanding to drink this, is not a wine you can knock back easily. Clean wine, but ends rather emptily. I like more tenderness in my rosé. June 2006, France Previously May 2006, London *(*) very pale salmon pink. Varnish, high tone nose, with a kirsch, petrol effect, also floral - iris, peony. Big wine with a tannic leaning on the palate. Is full and potent by design. Leaves some end heat on the finish. Isn't quite a whole wine yet - the mix of heat/power and fruit could come together better by 2007. Heated aftertaste - wow, this is tiring. To 2010. No surprise to read 14.5° on label.