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100% Clairette blanche (2002-03) from 45% sandy, 30% clay, 25% galet stone soils with limestone couch on Les Pialons (N-E), 75-100% new 600-litre oak cask, 0-25% steel vat fermented, raised 14-16 months, 1 lees stirring to integrate the SO2, malo blocked, first wine 2016, “I intended to plant Clairette rose, but they gave me Clairette blanche”, 1,000 b


fine yellow robe; There is a grapey insistence, oak toasting and aniseed, infused tea such as tilleul (linden), on the nose, a hint of exotic fruit. The palate bears suave gras, with a steady heart of a white fruit compote, has trim length, stylish freshness. It needs time, and decanting. It will evolve and age well. There’s good foundation late on. It’s a sleeper wine. 14°. “I destemmed this year, and did a 6 hour maceration in the press, unlike the other vintages – I thought this lacked a bit of depth,” J Barrot. 100% oak, no vat. Bottled Jan 2019. From 2024. 2040-42 Oct 2019

2016 ()

1) (new 600-litre cask) ***(*) shiny yellow robe. The nose is rich, toasted, on quince, dried apricot. The palate gras is plump, sunny, fat, extends on a good freshness, with clear notes on the end, white peach, grapiness. The finish is interesting. This is stylish, moves freely. 2026-27 2) (the steel vat part) ***(*) reduction, lees on the nose. Beyond that, peach, plum in a good, fat bouquet. The palate is elegant, travels smoothly, with good continuity, finishing clearly, finely. There are winning salted touches on the close; this is fine wine, for la table. To 2026 Oct 2017