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30-50% Grenache blanc, 15-40% Viognier, 0-20% Marsanne, 10-15-20% Clairette blanche, 10-15% Marsanne, 5-10% Roussanne from half clay-limestone, half gravel soils on Berthaude, Chièze, Maucoil, varieties steel vat fermented apart 2-3 weeks at 16°-18°C, steel vat raised 6-9 months, malo blocked, filtered, “drink as aperitif, or with charcuterie, shellfish, fish in cream sauce, white meats, fresh goat cheese”, 8-11,000 b

2019

clear yellow colour; the bouquet is gradually emerging, developing, lies low, based around white fruits, grapey airs, peach present. It’s a discreetly stylish start, can develop. The palate is beautifully textured, a real pleasure, has an assured flow of white fruits with a most pleasing roundness into a measured, all together close. This has quiet stature, lovely balance, is suited to fine fish such as halibut, steamed fish, Japanese cuisine, clear-flavoured dishes. The gras is stylish, leaves a very good impression. 13.5°. 2026-27 Nov 2020

2016

yellow robe. Aniseed, greengage plum show in an interesting nose, a mandarin segments note, some grilling, pork scratchings. It’s stylish, too, and is deeper than the 2016 Cuvée Laura Côtes blanc. The palate offers a jaunty, well-filled attack, and holds a thorough, plump gras at its centre. It’s agreeably broad, and the second half sustains well. It will be bingo with pork, for example, soft cheese. The palate is well-lined, squeezy gras central to it, and that gras also features on the finish. Table over aperitif wine. There are lavender touches on the palate, a local dab. 13.5°. To 2021 Aug 2017

2015 ()

shiny yellow robe. The bouquet is broad and bears the promise for more variety of expression. It’s locked into a cooked pear, infused tea aroma for now, but there is the depth for more to come through. The palate is nicely filled with cooked white fruits that have an attached tang of clarity. This is southern in weight, nicely free in freshness. 13.5°. 8,000 b. 50% Gren bl, 25% Vio, 15% Clair, 10% Rouss. €4 export. Bottled Feb 2016. To 2019 June 2016 

2014

yellow robe. Pear-peach debut to the nose, a light ripeness, a hint of smoke. The palate holds comfortable gras, and drinks with the depth for la table over the aperitif. The finish is rounded, has a little grip. Attractive weight. Going well now. 13.5°. To 2018. Oct 2015 

2012

sound yellow colour; fresh, agile and attractive nose, shows Viognier pear fruit, flan, cooked apple. Serve this chilled to avoid excess fat. The palate reflects the nose: bears cooked, stewed compote fruits such as pear, apricot, with a late grip from fennel and aniseed. A cosy, round Côtes du Rhône blanc for la table, cold meats, cold chicken, spaghetti dishes. The length is sound, shows a wee spot of late tannin. 35% Gen bl, 25% Vio, 20% Mars, 10% each Clair, Rouss. 8,000 b. Bottled Aug 2013. €6.25. 2015-16  Nov 2013

2011 ()

vanilla-yellow colour;  the bouquet has fresh, citrus notes, with a bonbon, sweeter underlay in its second layer, with apricot jam present. The bonbon impact picks up the baton on the palate; this is suited to foods such as quiche, hors d’oeuvres. It is a bit on the sweet side, so serve this well chilled. It ends on aniseed, fennel. 13.5°.  To 2015. 35% GB, 25% Vio, 20% Mars, 10% Clair, 10% R this year, €6.25.    Dec 2012