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40-60% Grenache, 10-20% Clairette, 10% Cinsault, 0-10% Bourboulenc, 10% Syrah, 0-10% Mourvèdre, 0-10% Picpoul, 0-10% Carignan from sandy, clay and galet stone soils, av age 40 years, hand harvested, 12-24 hour maceration, fermentation at 16°C, concrete & steel vat raised 3-4 months, malo blocked, filtered, “drink as aperitif, with charcuterie, veal meatballs, chicken breast, Mediterranean dishes, tomatoes à la Provençale”, organic wine, 15-20,000 b

2017 ()

pink robe, pale over deep. Has a softly fruited nose, strawberry, bubble gum, a note of dusty trails, red cherry, a hint of licorice: it’s a mild intro. The palate is soft, pliant in texture, offers neat, sweet gras richness with the softness lasting all through, the finish rounded. This is a careful, friendly Tavel, places no demands, works well on shape and texture. There are threads of red fruit through it. Can be drunk solo. 13.5°. 50% Gren, 30% Clair, 10% Syr, 10% Cins. 20,000 b. €4.30 export. To mid-2019 July 2018

2015 ()

pink, salmon pink robe. The nose murmurs rather than speaks, has a low lying red cherry, quince fruit air, a tang present. The palate settles around plum fruits with a note of flowers, a mild scenting. The aftertaste summons strawberry fruit with a note of rocky tannin. Sound Tavel, with the depth for Provençal dishes based around garlic. 13.5°. 60% Gren, 30% Clair, 10% Syr. 20,000 b. €6.00. 2018  May 2016 



has a red-hued robe. The nose gives a red berry, garden strawberries aroma with a little depth that brings in licorice. The palate has a sturdy profile – perhaps Mourvèdre providing a couch. The length is good and fresh, and this is a wine with its own complexity, a bundle of clear flavours, on the late stages. Has an aftertaste of licorice, kernel of cherry. Marks for character. 13.5°. 50% Gren, 10% Clair, 10% Cins, 10% Bourboul, 10% Syr, 10% Mourv.  2018  Jun 2015 

2011 ()

pale pink with an innuendo of red at its heart. The nose is subdued, offers a drift of red cherry, and of herbs such as thyme. There are airs of dust and pebble hot stones within. The palate gives bonny red fruit, has a pliant texture. This stylish be design, can serve as an aperitif, but it also has subtle depth and sustains well through the palate. A pocket of spice brings up the finale, where there is a flinty clarity. Rouget – red mullet – would be ideal with this. 13.5°. To 2014 July 2012

2010 ()

pale pink. Red fruit, redcurrant aroma with a breezy freshness about it, solid at heart, a slight sweetness. There are nicely supple moments within a good frame on the palate, has direct edging. It fills out well late on. Rather stylish. The red fruit is rather rich, live, shows a bit of tannin and ends quite assertively. Best with food – trout, fleshy fish such as mackerel. Doesn't win prizes for looks, but has sound content and a rounded sign-off. 13.5°. 2013-14. July, March 2011

2008 ()

pale pink robe; curvaceous bouquet – cherry fruit and strawberry jam in the air. Good palate here – grip and fruit run together, with a secure depth. Aperitif is grand, or fine foods, including Chinese cuisine. Herbal aftertaste. w.o.w. wine, on the mark for that easy drinking, big time. 13.5°. To 2011. March 2009


a classic pink colour; young, primary nose with some reduction – there is no harm in aereating this – and some red fruit underneath. The palate has a round texture, although the red fruits become mobile and a bit shifting with air. Has an easy flow, and can please for the aperitif or food. Just a bit pointed on the finish. Good with grilled fish such as red mullet (rougets) with herbs. To 2010. June 2008

2006 ()

floral inspired bouquet, with even some grapefruit in it – has a suave, graceful air. Soft start to palate, with some sweet, easy charm and decent end grip. Round wine with nice richness – is beau all through. A safe bet for pleasure and one that will please tout le monde. Good, benchmark Tavel from the more accessible school. Drink with risottos, spaghetti vongole (clams), even paella or lobster/shrimp caldeira. June 2007

2005 ()

soft, strawberry aroma, good cut and definition on it. Nice bit of mid-palate richness. Just a little sweet at the end, but is round and easy to drink. Gets a little lean late on, within the sweet surface. André Florian's second vintage, with the monks and their oxidative Manissy wine a memory from the past. May 2006, London