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45-50% Grenache blanc, 25-30% Clairette blanche, 20% Bourboulenc, 5% Roussanne from clay with sand & limestone soils, cool decantation after pressing, varieties except Roussanne vat fermented at 20°C, raised on fine lees 4 months, Roussanne 228-litre oak cask fermented, raised, malo blocked, “drink with white meats, goat cheese, fish, seafood, chicken with apricot and honey”

2016

yellow robe, a little intensity. The nose has an up front richness of style, with oak/toasting, peach-nectarine central flavour, a note of ripe banana; there are grapey, floral touches. The palate offers immediate, genuine Châteauneuf-du-Pape white richness, fat, even tasty gourmandise, unlike neighbouring whites – the class of its terroir. It drinks freely and well now, includes a little spicing as it travels into a more quiet final zone. This will be grand in a large glass on the terrace with sea bass and fennel. The Clairette adds a hint of aniseed as it ends. A good blend here – the Clairette body and the Roussanne fineness. It has flair in its length. 14°. 2024-25 May 2018

2015 ()

Bottle 1: clear, shiny yellow. Cork. Bottle 2: fine yellow robe. The nose leads on a lime aroma with a touch of infused tea, varnish. The palate has fine salty qualities, expresses mild white fruits, white plum notably. There is a small grip as it ends. Very orderly, charming white Châteauneuf. 14.5°. €24 at the cellars. 2022-23 Sept 2016

2010

pale yellow, green tints and glints. Has a burnt, smoky top air in a firm nose that lacks clear ping in the fruit – there is a vague notion of pear. The palate is tight-knit, its expression subdued – it does not give a lot. I find plenty of Clairette at its heart - shows its gras. There are garrigue herbs in the late flavouring. Can emerge and show more openly and freely. 14.5°, high enough. Decant. 2018-20 Dec 2011

2008 ()

2 bottles tasted: 1st bottle dry palate after half way, after agreeable nose. Bottle 2: pale robe. Tight, pear, pear drop sweets nose, with hazelnut and a little honey. Quite supple start to the palate, but it feels rather stuck together, has a “faux” richness. OK for food. Ends on bonbon sweets, sweet notes. Nose is agreeable. To 2014. Nov 2009

2007 No Rating

fizzy, pale robe; the nose is flat, marked by SO2. A little apricot or peach in the palate flavour – the content is quite agreeable but it ends on a burnt note. Difficult to judge this. Jan 2008

2005 ()

bonny, outwardly fresh bouquet, some baked apple tart and light pear. Good texture on palate – fleshy and generous, and its roundness sustains well. Good mix of varieties here, they combine well. Generally good grip. Can settle its finish more thoroughly by mid 2007, for instance. To 2011. November 2006

2002

quite an ample bouquet, a bit sweet, shows cooked fruits and their skins. Decent, warm palate and quite a leave-alone vinification to achieve this. Its main appeal is its round shape. May 2003