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45% Grenache blanc, 35% Roussanne, 10% Clairette, 10% Bourboulenc from galet stone limestone soils on Cabrières (N-W), 80-90% steel vat, 10-20% new 228-litre oak cask fermented at 20°C, raised 4 months, malo blocked, bottled at Sorgues, 2,900-3,800 b

2018

even yellow robe; the bouquet is warm, rounded, Southern in its offer of ripe fruit, a plunge of apricot, white plum in association. It’s a sturdy opening. The palate has flavours of glazed fruits, some spicing, nuts. It’s a little disorderly, not knit, goes here and there, lacks a real central richness. It has the weight for la table more than the aperitif – it’s not neat enough for the latter. The aftertaste is clear. 14°. 3,800 b. 45% Gren bl, 35% Rouss, 10% Bourb, 10% Clairette bl. Bottled June 2019. €24. From spring 2020. 2027-28 Oct 2019

2017

yellow colour; discreet, wafer biscuit aroma from the mild oaking, a low profile grapiness, floral hints. The palate runs gently and serenely, has a low level of white fruits such as white plum, greengage, with a small increase in richness before the finish. The length is regular. 14°. 3,800 b. 45% Gren bl, 35% Rouss, 10% Bourb, 10% Clairette. Bottled June 2018. €23. 2024-25 Oct 2018

2015 ()

mild yellow colour. The bouquet is broad, not yet out and about; there is a subdued air of greengage plum, a note of passion fruit and saltiness. The palate gives a low-key peach-white plum flavour, and just misses the target in awakening one’s senses. It’s agreeable, easy to drink, with a neat freshness on the finish that involves some apricot. 14°. 3,800 b. Bottled June 2016. 2022-23 Sept 2016

2014

fine yellow. Has a spiced, tangy, crisp white fruited aroma that pushes forward, vanilla and greengage in tandem, a dab of aniseed. The palate bears stylish fruit with a spicy edging, a spearmint insertion towards the finish, where there is some squeezy juice. There is a note of Riesling petrol on the aftertaste. This has character, in an understated way. It moves pretty serenely, is an elegant Châteauneuf. 13.5°. 3,800 b. €22. Bottled Jan 2015. 2022-24  Oct 2015 

2011 ()

pale, flinty yellow. Has a salty air, rather sleek white fruit, a light flan aroma below that, a note of aniseed and fennel – this is local and encouraging. The palate has a pretty character: it mixes flowers, nut, infused tea such as verbena in its white fruit. It bears that rather stylish elegance until a more concerted finish, showing some southern kick and punch, enough to retain interest. The aftertaste is fresh. 14°. Bottled Feb 2012, 3,500 b, €20. 2022-24  Dec 2012

2010 ()

fine yellow robe. Has a sprightly air, a fresh top tone with citrus-hazelnut as if Roussanne is well present – its saltiness is also like the Roussanne (tasted blind), a Roussanne not harvested too late. The nose is classy, and the palate fine as well: has a dried fruits flavour, lengthens on finesse, is very precise. There is subtle inlay of peach, an undertone of aniseed. Gives a clear drum roll, is really good. It grips firmly on the finish, offers a very good aperitif. It requires clear foods – steamed fish, and baked fennel would be good, or fennel with sea bass for instance. Has fine, well-judged length. 14°. €20 at the cellars. 2019-21 Dec 2011