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50-70% Grenache blanc, 10-25% Clairette, 0-25% Bourboulenc, 0-20% Roussanne from galet stone covered siliceous-clay soils on Terres Blanches (N), La Gardiole (N-E), all 1976-1981, cool decantation after pressing, 80-90% steel vat, 10-15% new, 5-8% 1-year 228-litre oak cask fermented at 18°C, raised 9 months on lees, oak casks have lees stirred, malo blocked, first year 1978, 5,500-12,000 b


(vat/cask) pale yellow; the bouquet is firm, undisclosed, has a compote of peach fruit, a note of apricot, a swarthy complexion, ripe weighting, a small note of cooked lime, a touch of varnish, candy-bonbon. The palate attack is rich, the content fleshy; it paddles along rather thickly, hence is very much a table wine, especially for sauced/spiced dishes. It carries Châteauneuf depth, is sun ray white, together in its firm content with a solid close, gasps of power on the aftertaste. The content is layered, amounting to a grounded, dense wine. It’s vintage-dominated. Day 2: it is more freed up. Decant it. 2029-31 April 2020

2018 ()

attractive yellow robe; the nose is fresh, has good lift, comes with peach, citrus airs. The palate also expresses a fresh idiom, a breeze of clarity running through it, so there’s energy in the glass. The flavour involves white peach, nuts, and it finishes clearly. It’s well made, engaging, w.o.w. Châteauneuf blanc, will definitely please, can be drunk early. 13.5°. 6,000 b. 75% Gren bl, 10% Rouss, 8% Bourb, 7% Clairette. Bottled June 2019. €28. 2026-27 Oct 2019


quite a deep yellow robe; the bouquet has size, is wide, shows grilling, oak varnish, sizzled butter. There is a thrust of carbonic gas from the attack to pep this up, which has a grounded strength, is a good southern white with some lusty depth for the local cuisine. There are citrus nudges along the palate, and it finishes well, with interest. It may lose it a bit once the carbonic gas starts to infuse. Decanting helpful. 14°. 5,500 b. 70% Gren bl, 20% Rouss, 10% Clair. Bottled June 2018. 2026-27 Oct 2018


yellow robe with some southern oiliness, legs on show. Has a good, traditional air of white fruits – stewed peaches and pears – on the nose; it’s a true child of the sun, has a pocket of aniseed-licorice. There is a touch of “high” in the fruit, so allowing it to breathe will aid it. This is enjoyably, smoothly textured, has good heart, and extends with ease, the finish neat. It comes forward well, and the gras richness is plump and squeezy, round. This holds good, local virtues, is STGT Châteauneuf-du-Pape white. It bears cosy appeal, and is a real good bet for sauced poultry, pork dishes, spiced Asian cuisine. 14°. 70% Gren bl, 10% Clair, 10% Bourb, 10% Rouss. 2026-29 Sept 2017


shiny yellow colour. Greengage plum, a little candy and infused tea show on the nose. The palate is tight, rather dumb, bears a nectarine flavour with a note of honey towards the finish. It builds an encouraging shape, with a gain in dimension, as it ends. Good and thorough, has bonny clarity, is a table wine for chicken de Bresse and other treats. 13.5°. 2024-25 Sept 2016

2014 ()

shiny fine yellow robe. The bouquet is a little tough for now, has a white jam fruit and wild pine aspect, a roasted side. The palate is marked by some carbonic gas bringing a pep to it, the flavour in the citrus camp. The finish suggests infused tea, camomile. It gains weight towards the end. It doesn’t act as an ensemble, but the length is good. 13.5°. 65% Gren bl, 15% Clair, 10% Bourb, 10% Rouss. 8,900 b. Bottled Jun 2015. 2023-25  Oct 2015 


fine yellow robe. Peach, stewed fruits aroma of some delicacy, along with a wee lime and guava freshness. This is a neat, genuine start – it has elegance and a calm southern depth. This rolls along well on the palate, gives a joli bundle of apricot, peach skin and light nuttiness in its later crunch. More aligned with food than the aperitif – a wide variety of hors d’oeuvres, chicken, pasta, bean dishes. It extends and prolongs well along the palate, the finish more robust than the fine attack. Hence, it is a wine for food. A good ball of gras sustains quietly. Has local ID, is STGT wine. Day 2: very tasty mid to late palate. 13.5°. 65% Gren bl, 15% Clairette, 10% Bourboulenc, 10% Roussanne.  2026-27  Jan 2015 Previously Oct 2014 ***(*) bright, pale yellow colour. Has a pear aroma with a slight herbal nuance. The palate is full, round and gras. Very attractive depth of fruit. Has a certain zing and zip, runs a fresh line into the finish. Drinking well now. 13.5°. 2024-26 JL Oct 2014

2012 ()

shiny, pale yellow, encouraging robe. There is a slight note of reduction, a high nose that is backed by an air of peach and nectarine, vanilla and ginger: this has a Châteauneuf-du-Pape depth of ripeness. The palate sequels well from the nose, so offers an agreeable rich white fruits, seasoned white raisin and ginger mixture, a tangy finale. It drinks well now – with food over aperitif; Asiatic dishes would be good. Decant. 13.5°. 2022-24  Oct 2013


pale yellow, legs. The bouquet is fresh – it starts on airs of light flan, cooked pear, pineapple, glazed fruits, greengage plum, along with lemon curd, licorice – a grand mix. The palate has a nicely solid start, is a wine of proper depth and elegance – this is a good 2011. It has a smoky, tobacco, spiced, white jam ending, sustains well, is authentic, STGT wine. This summons images of the heart of the Châteauneuf vineyards, is traditional and true, herbs, glow of warmth and all. 13.5°. 65% GB, 25% Cl, 15% B, 10,000 b this year. Bottled March 2012. Sound VALUE at €19. 2021-23  Dec 2012


pale yellow; spice, white spice and citrus-bergamot, mandarin airs. Inviting. The palate starts with firm, decisive fruiting, and, linked to the nose, there is a mandarin orange theme in the flavour, which hangs around for a long way. Has good, fine body. I note its acidity and tang on the aftertaste. It will give an interesting second, varied stage around 2018. 14°. €18.50 at the cellars, OK price. 65% Gren bl, 20% Clair, 15% Bourb, 80% steel, 20% oak, bottled Feb 2012, 7,700 b this year. 2023-25 Dec 2011


the robe has advanced to full yellow, with gold hues. The nose is striking, broad and full, comes with good sunny rays in it, into varied aromas of the second stage, cooked citrus, roast nuts, quince paste. There’s lots going on. The palate bears the thick texture of a hot sun vintage, its fat nicely rolling, with some fresh grip on the finish, a touch of firmness. It still bears some discernible acidity, which emerges towards the close. This has lots of character, is very true. Good with sauced dishes, crab linguine, strong cheese. 14°. Grenache blanc Bourboulenc, Clairette blanche – before the advent of the Roussanne. 2028-30 Nov 2018


bright pale yell; frisky, active bouquet of white fruits, citronelle influences, lime – is breezy, and beyond the mineral, there is a damp wool effect, makes one wonder about the health of the crop. Rather solid palate, steps up a gear, brings extra weight. Dried fruits, glazed fruits, raisin flavour, keeps going. The fruit is almost a shade over-ripe. More settled from spring 2010. 2016-17 Dec 2009

2007 ()

mild, quite bright yellow; the nose is generous – it is led by pear, well-ripened white stone fruits, spice. The palate is knit together, has a nutted flavour; it mixes sound matter with a little freshness, has good heart. This can make a striking aperitif, or do well with food. Touch of bitter on the finish. 2012-14 June 2008


light yellow colour; the aroma is spicy, with banana in it and dried fruits such as peach and also lime tart, a little guava. The bouquet is open and expansive now, on Day 2 it showed more exotic fruits. The palate is richly textured – indeed, this is a wine of texture more than verve. It has an inherent roundness and comfortable appeal. There is some late power, a bit of charge that leaves the finish firm from its alcohol. The sort of wine to tick over on its power – the finish is not that long, and kicks in a rather loose way. Traditional Châteauneuf white. More acidity would help it, such as provided by the Roussanne. 14°. 2016-17 July 2008


very light yellow; easy, soft aroma in a buttery style, has a little background spice and lime. Same theme on palate – soft, open and pleasant drinking now. Well-ripened grapes used, and also a traditional combination it would appear, since the acidity is quite low. Length correct. Not especially profound, but instantly agreeable. STGT wine of good, local feel and rich, plump flavour. Its roundness is very appealing. Now to 2008, but can also proceed calmly towards 2011. Good with a mango chicken dish. Feb 2007 Previously Feb 2006 (pre-bottle) *** salty, tangy, nicely full nose. A big, corpulent wine, is quite fiery, has noticeable, chunky finish.


broad aroma composed of peach, lime, iodine and mineral – is generous and open. Well-composed palate, with more on it early in the game than later. Quite a clean finale, but tapers a little as it goes. Agreeable, no frills wine, is sound. May just be closing down a little now. Back on form by 2008. 2012-14 Feb 2006


full yellow robe; has a “tasty”, savoury nose – ripe banana, pineapple chunks, and a salty tang. The palate has a spicy outer, with the core full, offering white fruits such a speech in its flavour. A good mix of fullness and cut – unusual for a 2003, so maybe middle age is helping it. It drinks well solo, and while it is mature, it is still very much on the prowl. The length is sound. Well done, Elie. 13.5°. 2014-15 Nov 2008


yellow with a hint of gold in the colour; there is a satisfying evolution on the bouquet – aromas of lime and butter, white jam fruits and some wax – it is homogenous , and compact, with some oak traces. The palate is crisp, the taste in a pineapple vein, with oak still apparent. The oak presence means it is still quite tight. Ends on melted butter. Needs food, obviously, to absorb its oak. To 2012. Nov 2007


sound yellow colour, a robe with a rich aspect. There’s good roundness and ripeness in the fruit on the nose, which has a nice full style. This develops very well along the palate, is very thorough, traditional, for la table. Holds a good flavour of dried fruits and extended richness, is well ample, ripe rather than fresh, a good mix of the fresher style of Châteauneuf blanc with the depth of the place. It’s well worked, good. “We worked hard to control the alcohol,” Elie Jeune. Bottled March 1991. 13.6°. 56 FFrancs. 33% each Grenache blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc. Steel vat fermented at 17-18°C for 18-20 days, raised steel vat. 2016-19 July 1991