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10-40% Roussanne, 20-40% Bourboulenc, 20-40% Clairette, 15-35% Grenache blanc, 0-5% Picpoul from La Crau (E), Les Serres (S-E), steel vat fermented at 16-18°C, raised 3 months (before mid-2010s 4-9 month)s, regular lees stirring, malo blocked, 10-14,000 b

2018 ()

fine yellow robe; the nose is low-key, has a touch of citrus fruit, greengage plum in it. The palate has been given pep by carbonic gas, moves easily enough to serve for the aperitif. It holds expressive, rather gentle white fruits, and the length is nice and secure. It’s easy drinking Châteauneuf blanc. 13.5°. 14,000 b. 40% Clairette bl, 30% Bourb, 15% Gren bl, 15% Rouss. Bottled v early: Dec 2018. €21. 2024-25 Oct 2019

2017 ()

pale yellow robe; there is some citrus brightness in the nose, Bergamot, orange blossom – it engages well, has a little honeyed depth. The palate is enjoyable via its roll of textured, stylish content, the glycerol playing a prominent role. The aftertaste is peachy, attractive. It’s a tiny bit limited, but is suited to early drinking. 13.4°. 6,000 b. 40% Clair, 30% Bourb, 15% Rouss, 15% Gren bl. €21. 2023-24 Oct 2018

2016 ()

fine yellow robe, legs visible. Has a zesty, upbeat nose, very much in the usual domaine style for its white; it trembles with citrus, orange-Bergamot, white peach, plum airs. It bounds out of the glass, has a pinpoint, clear definition. The palate produces white fruits, quince and peach, with a fresh spring in the step. It’s full of life, and has a mild richness to underpin it. The freshness makes it perfect for a racy, superior aperitif. There is a near spearmint tang on the finish. This is jolly Châteauneuf blanc. 13.5°. 2021-22 Sept 2017

2015

shiny yellow robe. There is a butter-lime mix on the first nose, has a flan, rounded underair thanks to the hot sun of the summer which gives an implication of barley sugar, notes of tangerine. It’s a comely start, easy to appreciate. The palate offers lime and white plum, Mirabelle flavours. There is a welcome thread of salt through the second palate, where dried fruits such as apricot come into play. This gives wholesome drinking. This is usually pretty much an aperitif and light dishes wine: this year it’s up to good fish such as halibut, sea bass. It is pretty low an acidity, so drink early. It will also go well with soft cheese. It finishes on a concentrated apricot juice. It is full of immediate appeal, an instant wine. Day 2: the finish is grippy, tangy. 13.5°. To 2019 Apr 2016

2014 ()

clear yellow robe, legs visible. Has a fresh, salted aroma, backed by a calm peach fruit air and a plug in of ginger. The palate deals a lively hand, though it’s a bit brief, and tapers towards the finish. It is in the instant wine, aperitif OK for it, but it lacks genuine Châteauneuf authority. 13.5°. 10,000 b. €16.50. Bottled Jan 2015. 35% Gren bl, 30% Clair, 25% Bourb, 10% Rouss. 2018-19  Oct 2015 

2013

very pale, light yellow. The nose is fresh and zesty, involves gooseberry and a note of mandarin, a hum of pear in the background, and a small floral-flan note of depth. The style suggest drinking as an aperitif. This is fresh, enjoyable, offers a very good flow of white stone fruit, with a “glisten” of acidity keeping it fluid. It ends with a rounded, southern manner, all in a neat package. The fruit leans towards tangerine, with a smidgen of apricot, and has a camomile, nutty note blended in, adding interest. Very clear, very drinkable. This is w.o.w. wine, a good Châteauneuf-du-Pape of shorter-term longevity, one that will please drinkers. 13.5°. 2018-19 Dec 2014 Previously Oct 2014 *** pale yellow colour. Restrained nose but one that appears to have depth. Has a nuanced pear, herbs flavour ; the palate is also subdued but there’s fruit on the attack and it holds mid-palate weight and gras, so potential exists. Slightly dry finish. From 2015. 13.5°. 2021-22 JL Oct 2014

2011 ()

(vat) pale yellow. Has a salty, chalky aroma that bears nectarine and tobacco on its breeze. The nose is orderly, knit together, vivacious. The palate sets off on a crisp run with its wild white strawberry, quince fruiting subdued. It tightens rapidly, with a generous squeeze at the end. The nose is stylish; there is potential here, has scope, is quite long. 13.5°. 40% R, 20% GB, 20% Cl, 20% B, VALUE at €15.50, 10,000 b this year. 2022-23  Dec 2012

2010 ()

very pale; this has a fresh, immediate impact bouquet, shows white fruits, white strawberry jam airs, with a fragrant pear, citrus side. Its breadth comes from its southern origins. The palate has a zesty front with gras richness and roundness behind that. It grips lightly as it ends. This gives clean drinking – it can certainly serve for the aperitif, but it also lengthens well, showing good substance, has a bonny ball of white fruit gras. Day 2: there is a wide, citrus aroma; on the palate there is a wee note of acetate and a more taut side has emerged, making it more upright. There is a spot of late heat. Roast pork enhances it, and brings out minerality, lifting it. 14°. 2016-17  June 2011, East Sussex

2007

pale robe. Zesty, pear bonbon sweets aroma – air brings more lime into it. Has a direct, aperitif style on the palate – has a solid base full of dried fruits flavours. A zinc style wine, drink standing up, allez! To 2013. March 2009

2006 ()

prominent, open bouquet that is fleshy and expresses ripe fruit and honey as well. The start on the palate is honeyed, too: is tightly woven, a little obvious as if straight from the cellar rather than the vineyard. White fruits show up on a pebbly aftertaste. 13.5°. To 2011. Oct 2007

2005 ()

buttery, suave aroma, has a little saltiness in its white plum. Fresh attack, with body behind the early zest. Sustains itself prominently, ia thruster of a wine. The fresh style of white Châteauneuf, with some ripe, late roundness. Tangy wine, low marks for typicité, is more from the down the line, technologically correct school: does the job. Some nutty late elements. 13.5° 2010-11 Feb 2007

2003

the nose has a tangy white fruit aroma, lime present, and a warm undertone. The palate starts on a soft apricot flavour, is a little burnt in the second half. Quite broad, fairly weighted wine. You can feel its low acidity, but it is approachable, easy to drink and will go well with salads. To 2009  Nov 2005