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40-50% Grenache blanc, 25-30% Clairette, 25-30% Roussanne, from sandy, compacted safre soils on Palestor (N), Les Tresquous (N-W), fermented 3-5 year 228-litre oak casks, raised 8 months (down from 12 months into mid-2010s), 1,200-1,500 b


shiny yellow robe; the nose is weighty, not overdone, but lies low today [low pressure, violent Mediterranean storms]. There’s a note of petrol, lightly roasted nuts, pear as well. The palate engages with its comfy gras which holds up well, gives entertainment, a savoury aspect towards the finish. It carries local colour, notes of infused tea, camomile, with a little bracing of aniseed to keep the aftertaste on the up. 13.5°. 1,200 b. Bottled Apr 2019. €18 is V. 2030-32 Oct 2019

2016 ()

(casks) pale yellow. An elegant bouquet leads on lime fruit with pear and a little sweetness at its heart, a note of nuts. It is a graceful start. The palate links well to the nose, with finesse on the go, a mandarin, peach flavour. This is enjoyable, fine, a very good aperitif if you are feeling well off. Drink with steamed fish, noodles, chicken, cold meats, Dim Sum, a god range. The finish is nicely firm, has grip. It makes a bonny aperitif. 14.5°. 2021-22 Sept 2017


yellow robe. Passion fruit, with papaya and an overt saltiness announce the bouquet, a rounded note of cooked lemon also. The palate kicks off on squeezy gras, a round ball of compote of white fruits, white plum, white peach to the fore, and some pepperiness. This has a little muscle of the south within its pretty open frontage. The aftertaste is still tasty, the length good and secure. A wine for mushroom dishes, daurade fish, pork, soft cheese. 2024-26 Sept 2016

2012 ()

(casks) medium depth yellow. Pear fruit, bonbon sweets presence on the nose, varnish and oak, too – it is not yet as one, could be more fruited in time. The palate has promising, genuine depth, will be a take your time wine for la table, and offers the clear style of 2012. The palate appeals more than the nose as it stands, There is some tasty fruit to tuck into, and while the early finish is round, the late finish bears oak and is a bit demanding, near burnt. From mid-2015. 14°. 2025-26  Oct 2013


flinty yellow colour. Has a pear aroma, with a hint of eau de vie – this bouquet is strong inside, with also airs of gentian and raw tobacco which bring an extra depth and firmness, and a light touch of mandarin juice. The palate is supple, wavy, gourmand – it shows the 2011 southern plumpness, has a willing, mild texture. Its gras carries in steady measure to the finish. Very clean-cut, possesses good balance, purpose, clarity. Has enough body for the finish. 14°. €16, good VALUE. 2021-22 Dec 2012


fine yellow robe, legs on its rim. Has a cooked pear front air, light note of baked apple, with peach and vanilla – plenty to take in on the bouquet. The palate ties in well with the nose – starts on hazelnut, and develops a taste of dried white fruits, an apricot flavouring. It is all nice and consistent. A wine of solid quality, will not disappoint. 13.5°. €16 at the cellars. Bottled last month. 2020-22 Dec 2011


(casks) pale, flinty colour. Agreeable, charming and fine nose – there is a prominent smokiness, fine citrus airs, mandarin fruit. The palate is wiry but full, has a crisp Roussanne-style nature, and a fat moment near the end as it amplifies, bringing in peach and honey. This is going the right way, is classy and stylish, very clear. Very promising. From 2012. 2020-22. €17. Oct 2010


clear robe, bright pale yellow. Tender, gently aromatic nose – a little alcohol present in its make-up, glazed fruits, soft honey, mandarin – a good counterpoint between the last two. This is a broad and discreetly solid wine, which still has unfurling to do, gathers weight through the palate. From mid-2010, or decant this. A wine for aperitif but also food, a wine of good qualities with natural, local virtues. Its smooth texture makes it enjoyable. Steamed scallops or lobster = ace companions. 2018-20 Nov 2009


yellow points in the robe; lime aroma, with suitable freshness in it, pear behind, also honeycomb and fennel – I get the sense it is closing. Cooked pear, brown sugar flavours lead the palate, which has a quite rich, full character, oak implicit. The length is muscled, is just a bit on its alcohol late on. The finish gives vanilla pod, is pretty clear. 2018-20 Nov 2008

2006 ()

mild yellow; buttery, wide aroma with a top tang to it – shows pushy spice, and also maybe some SO2, sherbet effect. There is oak-infused vanilla and some varnish at the centre of the taste. The texture is rich, almost oily. It ends on some heat and punch – this has to be 14.5°. By definition, thus, it should be drunk with food. It feels a little cellar in excess or hands-on via its rather bumpy progress through the palate - it is stop-go. The length gains with some air, but so does the oak. From 2010 for less oak, and from 2011 for more mature flavours, secondary ones, and of course less oak. 14° on label. 2014-15 July 2008

1995 ()

yellow robe; full, buttery bouquet. The palate also parades a marked creamy texture, is attractively rounded, rather stylish, has nice weight. It’s stylish. 1,200 b. Varieties fermented apart, in 4-5 year 228-litre casks, raised 6 months on big lees, lees stirring every two weeks, malo blocked. 2012-14 Oct 1998