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The Wines

30-70% Grenache blanc, 15-30% Clairette, 10-30% Bourboulenc, 5-10% Roussanne (pre-1939) from galet stone covered sandy soils, destemmed, steel vat fermented at 15°C, raised 6 months, a modest cork used, organic wine, 5,500-6,000 b

2018

steady yellow robe; the bouquet has presence, weight, even if not especially defined as yet. There is a sense of petrol, varnish, white plum fruit. The palate starts freshly, holds sound richness, is wrapped up around that for now, so decanting will help. It has the body to evolve, and will accompany firm fish such as tuna, monkfish well. The finish is on white fruits, with a little lip smack of gras. 13.5°. 6,000 b. 70% Gren bl, 15% Clair bl, 10% Bourb, 5% Rouss. Bottled July 2019. €27. 2030-32 Oct 2019

2016

spritzy pear-yellow robe. Has a soft aroma of mature, ripe apple and pear fruit. This is spritzy on the attack, a flavour of dried fruits; it lacks the class of most of the school of 2016. The texture is perlant, with inner fizz, and the content is escapist. It’s modest Châteauneuf-du-Pape white here, very light, lacking in body. 13.5°. To 2020 Oct 2017

2014 ()

yellow robe. Licorice-aniseed first aroma, with a light air of violets, white tobacco, roasted nuts. The palate is suave, and presents a continuous, seamless run of fine white fruit. It is quiet, and dips, on the finish. A little low on character, personality. 12.5°. 5,500 b. €21.70. Bottled March 2015. 2022-23  Oct 2015 

2007

(vat) pale robe; Sauvignon hits Châteauneuf! The nose is box bush in style (French is “buis”), also yeasty and salty. The palate has pear, fruit tart flavouring, and shifts along – there is a little rather fake gras in it. Its balance is precarious now, not together. Jan 2008