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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 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