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20-50% Clairette blanche (mid-1970s, “finesse”), 25-50% Roussanne (mid-2000s, “charm”), 0-10% Grenache blanc (mid-late 1990s, “generosity”), 0-20% Bourboulenc (“freshness”) from galet stone soils on Charbonnières (N-E), destemmed, fermented in oak casks at 16°-18°C, raised 70% 1-year 228-litre oak casks, 30% new 228-litre oak casks 6 months, malo blocked, 2,000-2,400 b

2017

shiny yellow robe. The bouquet has style, airs of lime marmalade, spice, has a bonny assurance. The palate flows gently, with a good run of white fruits, white plum present, and detail in the purity of the rounded close. This has been well made, achieves a pleasing consistency of delivery all through. 13.5°. 2,000 b. 50% Rouss, 20% Clair, 20% Bourb, 10% Grenache bl. 2028-30 Oct 2018

2016

fine yellow robe. Has a fresh, zipping nose, a lively bundle of white fruits, pear, plum, some spicing. It’s an engaging start, gives a deft display of southern virtues, neat fat with some freshness, some aniseed. The is beau, well juiced, in the her and now, carries apricot-pear flavours centrally, with a floral note on the tender finish. There is fine acidity aided by some carbonic gas. This is a spherical, enjoyable, neat, drink young, w.o.w. Châteauneuf, nice and effortless, a respecter of the local elegance. Its oak is mild, but emerges over the next day or two. 14°. 2020-21 July 2017

2015 ()

yellow robe. Pear-citrus, tangy orange airs, with nice guinflint lift, quince, good breeze on the nose, along with good depth and style, oak toast. The palate has a good, tight weave, inner strength. This has a dried fruits, apricot-lemon flavour. Likeable freshness finishes it well; it combines gras richness of the Grenache blanc with the freshness of the Roussanne. 13.5°. To 2022 Oct 2017 Previously Sept 2016 ***(*) bright yellow robe. The nose is on potential more than today – it has a quiet intricacy of aromas such as licorice, infused tea, white plum, mango, some varnish. It’s fine, and needs time to assemble. The palate runs with a salted, consistent flow of crisp white fruits, white plum, spicing. There is a note of white raisin on the aftertaste. This has good clear lines. 13.7°.  2,000 b. 50% Rouss, 20% Bourb, 20% Clair, 10% Gren bl. Bottled Jan 2016. From spring 2017. 2025-26 Sept 2016

2014 ()

fine yellow robe. Spiced, nuggety aroma, a knot of nuts and banana, with substance present. The palate is also modern, New Wave, marked by flan, vanilla and exotic fruits such as guave, mango. It is on the formulaic side, low temperature ferment and cultured yeasts in play, I suspect. Technical, pale wine. 13°. €31. 2,400 b. 50% Clair, 50% Rouss. Bottled Jun 2015. 2021-22 Oct 2015

2011 ()

(vat) mild yellow; sweet noted air that shows honey and apricot in the front rank. Good early grip on the palate, with a roll of white fruit, as if there is still a touch of sugar in it. Round and gourmand style. It ends on spice and cut. Very good with salty Bouzigues oysters – it soaks up their saltiness. To 2017.  Feb 2012

2007

2 bottles tasted, 1st corked. 2nd bottle: pale robe; moist, ripe white fruit, overripe pear aroma, delivered with spice, flan, but very evident oak. Baked tart, broche, white raisin flavour, with a hazelnut interlude. Big oaked wine, not integrated. Wait and hope. From 2010. 2017-19  Nov 2008