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60% Grenache blanc, 20% Clairette, 20% Bourboulenc from sandy, galet stone soils on Les Saintes Vierges (N-E), destemmed, initial vat fermentation at 15°C, then finishes fermentation in 1-2-3 year 228-litre oak cask fermented at 14-15°C, oak cask raised 6 months, lees stirred, 8-12,000 b

2014

sturdy yellow colour. White tobacco, beeswax, a note of resin feature on the nose – pine needles and vanilla. The palate is pretty big, and carries richness over obvious fruiting. The finish involves some citrus tang, and notes of white plum. It isn’t quite all as one yet – allow until late 2016. It holds a bright freshness that will stand it in good stead until 2024-25. Bottled May 2015. 12,000 b. €20.80. 13.5°. Oct 2015 

2013 ()

pale yellow colour. Nutty aroma, herbs present. The palate is round, full and fat, but lacks some zing. Touch of oak on the finish. 13.5°. 2020-21 JL Oct 2014

2011 ()

pale yellow, legs. Breezy, slightly salty aroma that offers peach and honeysuckle inside – it has a fresh, pear drop element, a note of camomile. The palate is intricate – this is a wine of subtlety, some mystery. The oaking is delicate, the flavour pear, light banana. It ends on a grip that is quietly firm. A touch more body would be maybe helpful, but this has pretty good style. 13.5°. Bottled May 2012, €21. 2019-20  Dec 2012

2010

pale, flinty colour; has a spiced, sherbet lemon air, notably ripe fruit present, along with pear fruit, varnish, beeswax. The palate also shows a rather high fruit aspect – the content is fat, though it runs into a fresh late zone. It is not completely together, or whole, has a zip-zap aftertaste. 14°. From late 2012 for more integration. 2017. Feb 2012

2009

white fruit, also some nutty airs, Spanish flan richness and oak toast in the mix as well. The palate grips well, has a green apple flavour that contains pear hints, but is round and runs well. There is a touch of oak only – the oak is well within the wine. Agreeable. To 2016. March 2011