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The Wines

25-35% Clairette, 20-35% Bourboulenc (both mid-1980s), 5-25% Roussanne (1983-84, 1995), 15-30% Grenache blanc (1992) from Grand Devès (N-W), La Nerthe (S-E, Bourboulenc), destemmed, fermented 20-30% new-1-2 year 228-litre & 600-litre oak casks, 70-80% steel vat, raised 6 months, lees stirred until February, malo blocked, fined, 3,250-5,000 b

2018 ()

fine yellow robe; high fruit, exotic fruit show on the nose, with more regular pear, cooked lemon airs, accompanied by musky flowers, aniseed. The palate is tight, streamlined, before white fruit gras, compote of fruits, emerges, and squeezes as it goes. It ends tightly, controlled, a touch of tannin there. The aftertaste is nutty. 3,250 b. Bottled 4 Apr 2019. 2031-33 Oct 2019

2017 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2016

(casks) firm yellow robe, suggests oak. The nose gives caramel from the oak, a rich production it is, honeycomb also. So it’s more on its raising than on the vineyard for now, pre-bottling. Pear-butter feature inside the oak. The palate delivers a good, broad attack with true southern gras that centralises the wine, gives it good ballast for la table and Provençal cuisine. There are spots of freshness through it, and it holds together well, the length assured, on some citrus. Day 2: good grip, inner strength. Some reduction on the nose. 14°. From spring 2018. 2025-27 Sept 2017

2014 ()

bright pale yellow colour. This has a salted nose with some reduction, so decant it. It gives a blackcurrant leaf air, close to menthol, a little strictness. The palate starts in an upbeat dash of crisp fruit with enough body to offer gras on the way. It travels soundly to the finish, with saline qualities apparent there, the aftertaste tangy. Good with Asiatic cuisine. Genuine white Châteauneuf. 14°. Low Rouss this year: 35% Clair, 30% Gren bl, 30% Bourb, 5% Rouss. 4,000 b. 2024-26  Oct 2015 

2011 ()

mild yellow, legs. The nose is a bit of a jumble – there is acidity on the outside, with beeswax, bouquet garni herbs inside, light airs of tangerine underneath: it is actually an interesting mix. The palate has been pushed a little, is assertive, and currently is young, not as one. There is a criss-cross of white fruit and aniseed, licorice, then hazelnut. There is gras here so it can perform well with chicken, guinea fowl, oriental dishes, for instance.  13.8°. From spring 2013. 30% GB, 30% Cl, 20% R, 20% B, 80% vat, 20% new oak, 3,500 b this year. 2020-21  Dec 2012

2010 ()

medium depth yellow, legs down the glass. There are airs of vanilla, hazelnut, liquid honey, plus a friendly citronelle, citrus breeze, while oak adds some heaviness. The palate starts on firm, enclosed notes, with a spot of early acidity, bears a flavour of dried white fruits, baked bread, has a dense heart. It draws in a little early. A chunky Châteauneuf blanc that needs food – pungent fare such as mushrooms, earthy flavours. Oak shows on the aftertaste. 14.5°. 30% Clairette, 30% Bourboulenc, 20% Gren bl, 20% Rouss, bottled June 2011, 4,700 b this year. 2023-24 Dec 2011

2009 ()

yellow robe, slight chestnut. The nose has a stealthy pear aroma, comes with a seasoning of hazelnut, honey and toast within, fruit tart, pastry. It is fresh, has lift. There is a nice mix of respectable freshness and modulated gras richness on the palate that comes in a gentle roll. It is roundly textured on the finish, agreeably so. The aftertaste is clear and precise. Attractive finesse in this – its early aperitif days are ending as it tightens and changes. Very good, classy, long wine. 2020-22. Dec 2011

2008 ()

light yellow, green tints. Soft, floral nose – has a nice free and airy style, and with air becomes more baked. This is agreeable aperitif wine, on the spot now. White fruit lies in its flavour, and it passes gently along the palate. It is spiced towards the finish, where it is fresh, active, clear-cut. Effortless late width adds to its appeal. 2015. Dec 2009

2007 ()

mid-depth yellow; white fruits, bonbon sweets aroma, some wax and high tone, melted honey – a bonny start. The palate continues well from the nose, runs in a determined way, the white fruits seasoned with a little fennel, late aniseed into a clear as day ending, where there is quiet matter. Very beau, gracious wine with great length and excellent structure. Lovely with cheese, steamed fish. 2019-21 Nov 2008

2006

stylish, touch peppered, firm white fruits nose with a hint of oak. The palate has oak lining, with a firm middle: this is a wine of some structure, and needs food. The flavour is a mix of vanilla and stone fruits, its length is sound. There some late fire in it. Esp 2008 on. 14°. 2013-14 Oct 2007

2005 ()

wide, open bouquet showing ripe white fruits, and a baked tart, salty tang also. Full, nice and broad palate with a honeyed theme, the honeycomb itself. Solid stuffing and finish. A food wine with some power – eat with chicken, for instance – fricasée, for instance, sauces a good idea. 15.5° 2013-16 Dec 2006

2003

yellow colour; aromatic, unforced peach, white fruits aroma with a nice pursuing tang of lime and mandarin. The palate has a welcome freshness, and a good, sealed texture – an unusual combination. The acidity is good here. It is still not really out and firing. Orange marmalade notes at the end. A very good 2003 white. 2017-19 Dec 2009