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30-35% Clairette, 33-35% Grenache blanc, 30-35% Bourboulenc on Les Pialons (N), La Crau (E) av age 45-55 years, steel vat fermented at 16°-19°C (before mid-2010s 50% vat, 50% large barrel fermented 16-18°C), steel vat raised 6-7 months, malo blocked, 3,500-5,000 b

2015 ()

pale yellow. Zesty, white fruited aroma – there is good ping on the nose, pear and a note of aniseed. The palate has verve, holds good supple gras, is easy to drink. There are slated touches, and it builds a little increase of gras on the close. It makes a good aperitif, but can go further than that. It is dentelle, clear wine. 2026-27  Sept 2016

2013 ()

pale colour, very pale lime tints. The nose is fresh, pear foremost, has a salty steeliness. The freshness leans towards mandarin, low-key gooseberry. The nose has quiet depth, and isn’t all on the surface. The palate has a good, brisk start-off, goes off and running with a dentelle ping of clarity. It evokes spring flowers, with some grace, as it ends. A dandy aperitif wine, modern, on the go. The finish is clear, and invites another glass. A lovely Sunday lunchtime drink. 13.5°. 35% Gren bl, 35% Bourb, 30% Clairette – a purely traditional cocktail. To 2018  Dec 2014

2012

pale yellow colour with sheen  in it. The nose shows promising depth, a southern leaning , mixes greengage plum and ginger in attractive fashion. The palate links well to the nose; the depth is agreeable, a wine suited to la table; it combines gras richness and late vivacity. It has been a little cellar worked to show through, but its length is sound. Drink with cold meats, hors d’oeuvres. 13.5°. 2019-20  Oct 2013

2011 ()

pale yellow. Lime, lemon first air with a salty, citrus influence foremost, ginger and white peach jam, aniseed and licorice behind. The first flavour is nutty, then it gains in gras, a nicely secure richness of white fruits jam as it goes; it comes with a light floral and garrigue scenting. Good, fresh, local wine, has attractive body; the length is sound, and the close rather tannic, firm. Suited to white meats, garlic dishes, food of substance. Its alcohol within lowers its dance a little, and it dips a bit after its debut. Traditional virtues here. 14°. 35% GB, 35% Cl, 30% B this year. 5,000 b, €16. 2019-20  Dec 2012

2009

35% Gren blanc, 35% Bourboulenc, 30% Clairette this year: fresh outer aroma, mixes up green apple and pear, is traditional. The palate is a shade weighty, could have more zip, is a food wine. Lacks lift, movement, is very standard. 2014-15 June 2010

2006 ()

the bouquet gathers together butter, hazelnut and peach, and is warm and rounded. The palate is also buttery, with stone fruit present. Has some late grip. It's a touch plain, but is honest in a local way. It tapers a tad at the end, but is nice enough to drink solo. Bottled in Jan 2007. “It is a good, aromatic year,” Laurence Deydier. To 2011. Oct 2007

2005

floral, white stone fruits aroma. Good swirl of fruit on attack, gains weight and definition through palate, flavour of dried fruits. A baked stones, lavender finale. There is a touch of extract at the end it stops a little - but was bottled only one month ago. "We drink this as an aperitif, but you could also eat shellfish or grilled fish with it." L.Deydier. Feb 2006