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70% Grenache blanc, 15% Roussanne, 10% Clairette blanche, 5% Bourboulenc from sandy with some limestone slopes, destemmed, brief cool skin maceration, steel vat/new oak cask fermented at 16°C, 75-100% steel vat, 0-25% new 228-litre oak cask raised 6-7 months, lees stirred each month, malo blocked

2019

shiny hued yellow robe. The nose has oak toasting to the fore, with marmalade, ginger airs, a note of petrol; it isn’t centralised as yet, needs more time. The palate carries a little firm richness, has a compact couch, with dried fruits in the flavour, oak here and there. It’s not a real, convincing ensemble, and the hope is that time can effect advance on that front. Notes of white fruits, compote, come along towards the finish, so there is hope, the aftertaste rounded. Try from 2022, and allowing time for less oak will never hurt it, either. 2027-28 Nov 2020

2018

yellow robe; varnish, high tone hit out on the bouquet – they make a screech on the start, violent oaking, with banana here. The palate is doughty, muscled, has a square shape, comes in an off piste style. It’s in thrall to its raising still, carries a nutted flavour, with dried fruits, raisin in the flavour. There is glow on the finish. Summary: skip its youth, go straight to middle age, less oak, more variety, a touch looser, too. White meats suited. 70% Gren bl, 15% Rouss, 10% Clairette, 5% Bourb. From 2024-25. 2032-34 Oct 2019

2017

fine, pale yellow robe. The nose is reticent, sits in the glass, a white fruits compote suggestion, oiliness, toasting. The palate is firm, compact, with a little release of thick juice before the close. It’s dumb, slightly dull, grounded wine, needs prising open. It would benefit from some Roussanne to add inflection to it. It’s very much a wine for la table. Decanting essential. 13.5°. 70% Gren bl, 15% Rouss, 10% Clair, 5% Bourb. 25% new oak introduced this year. 2026-28 Oct 2018

2016 ()

yellow with a hint of pear in the colour. The bouquet is cool, tinged with spice, gives an orange marmalade, citrus lead aroma, ginger and quince also present. It achieves freshness with some depth. The palate is well filled, has a gras richness that holds up well, with mixed notes of white fruits, nuts, spice on the finish. It could be a shade more refined, ending rather suddenly. This is based on good Grenache blanc, and will accompany white meats well, with the body and length to go well with them. 13.5°. To 2022-23 Oct 2017

2015 ()

bright yellow robe. Elderflower cordial, blackcurrant leaf airs, notes of peach and banana come through on the nose. It’s pretty weighty. The palate is also grounded, with some sturdy content, oily texture, a fat ball of compote of white fruits, nut paste, before a late tickle of freshness. The length is sustained, with spearmint on the aftertaste. Has character, wears its heart on its sleeve. 13°. From spring 2017. 2025-27 Sept 2016

2013

bright, pale yellow colour. Has a citrus and peach aroma, shows a touch of sherbet lemon. Palate is soft and fruited, has a white stone fruit flavour. There is a mineral freshness on the finish. Correct, if a little simple. 2020-2021  JL Oct 2014