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70% Clairette blanche, 20% Grenache blanc, 5% Bourboulenc, 5% Roussanne from 80% galet stone covered soils on Les Serres (S-E), 20% sandy soils on Bois Dauphin (N), steel vat fermented, raised 5 months, malo blocked, 1,900-2,150 b

2016 ()

full yellow; has a quiet, restrained bouquet, a light air of peach, with greengage plum, vanilla. This drinks on ease of texture, has a cosy roundness, some late grip, hazelnut-ginger notes on the aftertaste. It’s a coherent, rather fine Châteauneuf-du-Pape white. It will be good with Dover sole, steamed fish, soft cheese. There is fine late freshness. It’s attractive, if a little light. 13.5°. To 2021. Nov 2017

2015

clear, fine yellow robe. The air gives a sense of roasted, singed nuts, with some grapiness within. It’s not properly defined as yet. The palate has a slightly baked bread, yeasty aspect, and a centre of mild gras, peach and honey inside it. It doesn’t lift off along the palate, and I’m not sure it will ever be bright. Table over aperitif. 13.4°. 2,150 b. Bottled Apr 2016. 2021-22 Sept 2016

2014

bright, fine yellow colour. The nose is lively, forward, marked by pear, aniseed, a little salt and petrol. The palate has balance and harmony, delivers a compact nugget of fruit such as greengage, ends on more citrus inspired moments. A stylish, always bright wine for finely flavoured dishes, steamed fish, precise flavours. Good with steamed scallops. 13.5°. 1,900 b. €19 is VALUE. 2022-23  Oct 2015