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Grenache blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc from clay-limestone soils, cool decantation, vat fermented at 14-19°C, raised on fine lees 6 months, “drink with red mullet fillets in a tomato sauce”, 15,000 b

2016

shiny yellow. Has an open and frank nose, some pear drop sweets airs, orange peel, a good combination of the ripeness of the South and the freshness of the North. The palate is vibrant, boosted by its carbonic gas element, has a flavour of nuts, peanut, with orange-tangerine/lime. There is sound grip, even if the finish is rather sudden, abrupt. The high carbonic gas level gives it a trembling texture, while the aftertaste is salted. It has a late smudge of grapey, slightly bitter assertion. There is prominent carbo gas from the attack onwards, with which I take issue. 14°. To 2022 Jan 2018

2012 ()

the 2nd year running of w.o.w. here: shiny yellow colour. The nose is stylish – has a pear aroma, good clear cut features, apricot, plus a little aniseed freshness. The palate picks up the baton, is fresh and elegant, rolls along well, offers a precise set of fruits such as lime and quince: its axis is a fresh one. This has style, can be drunk solo, is w.o.w. wine. 13.5°. Bottled at Hermitage. The back label says this is made from Grenache bl, Clairette and Bourboulenc, while the domaine information sheet states Gren bl, Viognier, Roussanne. Somewhere in between, I expect. 2016-17  Oct 2013

2011

pale yellow. The nose is wholesome, offers airs of elegant cooked fruits, a bonny mix of pear and lime, gives a cool fragrance. The palate picks up honey, apricot, followed by vanilla at the end. Appealing and w.o.w. wine – it is a real pleasure to drink this. Suited to the aperitif and fine foods; has an agreeable, clear finale with fine grip, excellent clarity and a “ping” in its stylish southern gras. 13.5°. To 2016  Oct 2012