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100% Roussanne from sandy, clay-limestone soils on Bois Sénéchaux (N-E) & galet stone soils on Terres Blanches (N) made in some vintages, fermented new 228-litre oak casks at 20°C, raised 5 months, organic, biodynamic wine, 4,000 b

2018 ()

full yellow; petrol, toasting, white peach, cooked lemon airs show on the nose. It camouflages its weight quite well. The palate has a rich opening, all full of white raisin, gingerbread, apricot juice flavours. There are toasted oak and orange notes on a gummy aftertaste which glows – it’s quite a weighty finale. It needs 18 months to fuse its oak more. It has a fresh, upright shape, so can evolve. 14°. 2032-34 Oct 2019

2017

thick yellow colour. The nose is a combination of peach fruit, very ripe, with salt, grapiness, roasted nuts. It’s a weighty start. The palate is dense and piled with immediate richness, several layers of that, all in a fat, large ball. It picks up a little late acidity, saltiness, ends on pear, dried fruits, a note of tannin. This needs decanting, and bold flavoured dishes. It’s a meal in itself in some ways, will be well suited to Vieille France, Escoffier style cuisine. 14°. It will evolve steadily and gradually. From late-2018, can be decanted. 2026-28 Mar 2018

2016 ()

marked yellow robe; spice, oak toast on a closed for now bouquet, with grape essence, brioche, the oak prominent. The palate has body mass, is broad and rearranging its furniture currently. It has a lot of heart, depth, deeply set content, is complete, resounding. It will be the top with fine lobster, really offers Southern bounty with poise and no looseness. Once the oak has stepped inside, it can be a major do. The texture is great – there are suave waves, and oily precision: it’s a wine whose feel as much as anything stirs the senses. 14°. From 2022-23, decant it. 2036-38 Oct 2019 Previously May 2018 No Rating bright sheen yellow robe. Very corked. 14°. May 2018

2013

pale yellow hue. Toasted notes on the first nose, then peach-pear nuance on the second swirl. Palate is rich, full and fat, the oak present, but the fruit comes through as well. Kept in balance by a zesty, minerally acidity. Potential for complexity with a bit of age. From late 2015. 14.5°. 2025-27 JL GB £318/12 bots in bond Berry Brothers 0800 280 2440 +44(0)207 022 8973  www.bbr.com  Oct 2014

2011

2 bottles tasted: 1st bottle – noticeable acidity, uneven, not fully balanced. Bottle 2: pale yellow. Cooked apple airs, light spicing – this is almost fresh enough to show gooseberry. There is a fair degree of fat white fruit here in a plump palate that ends roundly. It is a bit facile but serene enough. It does lack nuance, is plain overall. 14.5°. Not going to scale any heights. 2020-21  Dec 2012

2010 ()

fair yellow; has well-modelled oak in the air, with honey, apricot, vanilla pod, white plum fruit present; there is also licorice and fennel, so it gets off to a good, varied start. The palate starts on a taste of white fruit jam; its gras richness is well built in, has an attractive heart. It ends on fine acidity, is interesting. It is still not surprisingly a touch upright. I would like this with dishes such as turbot. The aftertaste is rich, and also involves aniseed for clarity. Good variety in this. 14°. 2022-24 Feb 2012