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40-50% Grenache, 30-50% Syrah (both early 1970s), 0-15% Cinsault, 0-10% Carignan, 0-5% Counoise, destemmed, 30 days vinification at up to 34°C, pumping overs only, vat raised 18 months, unfined, filtered, organic wine, 40,000 b

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°. To 2020 June 2017

2015

dark red. Soaked cherries, raspberry fruit comes with style on the nose, a little reduction. It’s an ample bouquet, with jelly-like fruit. The palate gets off to a serious start; in with its juicy content comes some keen, wired tannin that drives its length. This is gourmand more than Protestant wine. The early fruit is succulent, pastille-like. This has good length, good potential, is a vigorous, upbeat Lirac. From spring 2018. 2026-28 Nov 2016 GB £110 12 b in bond H2Vin www.h2vin.co.uk info@h2vin.co.uk +44(0)203 478 7376

2014 ()

full red robe. Grilled, pork scratching first airs in front of a dark berry inlay: the nose is pretty solid, has just a small floral note to aid its appeal. The palate gives peppery, expressive dark fruit with a tangy late trail of clarity. It ends on a menthol style woosh, lip smacking moments there. 14.5°. 2020-21  Feb 2016  Previously Nov 2015 *** (vat) attractive red robe. Has a round, open, red fruited nose with a nicely plump tone, a light air of herbs. The palate runs with free red fruit, a little tannin, lacks true depth. The attack is encouraging, but it ends more quietly. The close is smoky, dark. From mid-2016. 2021-22 £99 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk Nov 2015

2013 ()

(vat) live, attractive red. The nose is welcoming, has an air of coulis style, mulled red berries, with a nutty, nuggety surround, some serious depth. This will break out well, and will show especially well when four to five years’ old. The palate has a wholesome debut, good layers of berry fruit. It lengthens well, with a steady hand. A touch of spirit, alcohol, is in evidence – the wine just about has the genuine depth of content to handle that. The blend reflects the loss of Grenache this year: 40% Gren, 30% Syr, 15% Cins, 10% Carignan, 5% Counoise. 14.5°. From 2016. £96 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk. 2022-24 Nov 2014

2012

(vat) good dark red; Appealing, curvy bouquet – offers red fruits, a tickle of sweetness, raspberry at the centre. Low-key herbs such as thyme and nutmeg hover. This is a wine of very winning, open appeal fruit, has a tender heart, holds a plump, small ball of fruit. Yes, very tasty it is. There is a bonny mineral clarity on the exit. A considered, successful Lirac that provides stylish, good drinking. From spring 2015. £94 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk. 2022-23  Nov 2013

2011 ()

dark robe. Grilled, earthy, reduction notes on the nose, has an aroma of stewed berries at its heart, sweet herbs, toffee styling in it. This is a joli, inviting bouquet. The palate is led by ripe prune fruit that has an oaked-chocolate covering, ending on some of the oak grain, with gras present. It is pretty much on its game now, and will drink well with country dishes until 2017. There is a touch of garrigue herbs and a powdered tannin on the aftertaste. 14.5°. €10.10 May 2013

2010 ()

bottled 2 weeks ago. Dark robe. There is persistent depth in the nose, a gourmand black cherry air, some licorice, a smoky, full darkness. The palate starts firmly, is closed from its bottling. Has lots of matter, with grainy tannins on the finish – the flavour there has a fine grain, shows licorice in the taste. This is long. From spring 2013. 14.5°. 2019-20  Feb 2012

2007

(vat) full, dark robe with legs down the glass. The nose is quiet, but pretty black cherry fruit or black fruit jelly is lying within – there is a hint of mineral as well, licorice and a smoky crème de menthe. The palate fruit shows early dash in a rich surround, without being overdone. It finishes clearly – the clarity and the colour derive from the Syrah – and the quality of the fruit is high. It widens towards the finish, is calm, long and harmonious. STGT wine – great that it's just being raised in vat. 2015-16 Nov 2008

2006 ()

dark cherry colour; blackberry, violet aromas, with the damp forest here, too – the fruits are like simmered black berries, the sun reflects off them. The palate commences with blackberry that has tar and tannin lining; this still has tannins to deal with, but the core fruit is juicy. It has measured depth, and is a wine of substance at heart. The aftertaste is quite varied – poivron, olive, blackberry. Genuine, rather STGT wine. From late 2009. 2014-15 Nov 2008 Previously June 2008 *** full blackberry/purple colour; has an enclosed, promising black fruit aroma that is quite rich, comes with some licorice. There is a tight, nuggety start to the palate. The black fruits are ripe in taste, but the impression now is of a brisk, purposeful wine. Some late tannin would be softer by early 2009. This is go-go Lirac. 2015-16 June 2008

1997 ()

bottled recently: fair red. Peppery nose, a hint of Syrah from that. This is well-textured, holds good black fruit, is tight still, has good sinew, and length. This will make it around 2000-01, will do well in barbecues, and drink easily then. Tannins show up on the finish. 2007-08  Oct 1998

1996

red robe. Pepper-spice aromas on the nose, is quite direct. The palate is three-quarter weighted, not a big vintage here, but the extract is very true, intense, and is long. Good with grilled meats, simple settings. It is fresh, and drinkable. 2004-06  Oct 1998