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50% Grenache blanc, 40% Clairette blanche, 5% Roussanne, 5% Bourboulenc from Coteaux St Jean & Terre Ferme, steel vat fermented at 12°-14°C (down from 16°C in early 2010s), steel vat raised 3 months (down from 6 months in early 2010s), malo blocked

2017 ()

(vat) sturdy yellow robe. The nose is immediately rich, has a glazed fruits air, ripe peach with a note of cooked lime. The palate starts on a suave roll of content, white fruits compote, stewed fruits, is tasty and in the here and now, aided by a little cool, aniseed furnishing from the Clairette late on. This is enjoyable, and given its weight and richness, is best suited to la table, for white meats, sauced fish dishes, Asiatic cuisine. It has flourishing length, some early verve, can be drunk now. 2022-23 Mar 2018

2016 ()

full yellow robe. The nose has entered a dumb phase, lies low on an air of Calissons d’Aix - their almond - a nuttiness, and infused tea such as camomile; there’s a hint of apricot. The palate is close-knit, with steady richness and good length. The finish has grip, a firm feature, a hint of tannin. This is good, traditional Châteauneuf white, suited to la table. I advise decanting now, or leaving until mid-2019. 2025-27 Mar 2018


pale colour; fat, open, broad nose that shows an air of compote of white fruits, also lime. There is a tip-toe of white fruits along the palate; it is floral and shows reduction on the finish from the Clairette. A bit simple. Involved in the flavour are peach and hazelnut. This comes with touches of bonbon and candy on the finish, where there is some heat. 14°. To 2017 or so. Oct 2013