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50% Viognier (1992-2000s), 25% Clairette blanche (early 1980s), 25% Grenache blanc (early 1980s) from sandy, galet stone covered clay soils on Boislauzon at Orange, Saint-Dominique at Courthézon, hand harvested, varieties steel vat fermented apart 25 days at up to 18°C, cultured yeasts used, raised 5 months, then assembled, malo blocked, light filtration, “drink with tuna carpaccio, roast rabbit in mirabelle plum sauce, grilled prawns, goat cheese”, organic wine from 2014, 9-15,000 b

2019

fine, attractive yellow robe; the nose is discreet, but wide, with a low-key air of pear fruit and roasted nuts, a note of ripe white peach, papaya. The Viognier is lurking there, defining it. The palate has a swell debut, offers a lip smacking richness that rolls along with an undertone of sweet ripeness. There’s lots of flavour, including tropical fruits, to pair with sauced dishes, soft cheese, and the length is solid. 14°. 2023 Aug 2020

2018

yellow robe; the nose has an apricot, dried fruits air, is buttery, also has “steely” notes. The palate is marked by the Viognier, so is fat with a little stretch out thanks to the Clairette, some freshness from that. The attack is fat from the Viognier, then better length emerges. It’s a steady glass of Côtes blanc. To 2022 Oct 2019

2016

glistening yellow robe. Has a nice and open, full bouquet with airs of dried fruits, apricot, cooked pear, has plenty of verve and expression, salty notes. The palate is tasty, right off. It holds delicious mixed fruits, a fruit salad of mandarin, peach, white strawberry, with neat freshness and late grip. This is well superior Côtes white; its freshness makes it a delightful aperitif, and it also has the body for plaice, cold meats, poultry. This is very well made, a real winner, a w.o.w. wine. It has a great tangy close. 14°. To 2020 Dec 2017

2015

yellow robe. The nose starts on apricot, some cooked banana, also brioche, has some southern strength. The palate comes along with orange and cooked citrus influences, pear and white peach. It ends just a little suddenly, but is an agreeable drink, with cool virtues. 13.5°. 15,000 b. €7 at the cellars. To 2018   June 2016

2014

yellow robe. Broad bouquet, has fat and ripe fruit, a concertina of nut, spice and stewed fruits. The palate is aromatic on the debut, gives a pear flavour with a soft texture on the late stages. A little constructed, but delivers the content to accompany Asiatic dishes, noodles, firmly flavoured fish such as monkfish. There is glow on the aftertaste. 13.5° 12,000 b. €7 at the cellars. To 2018  Jun 2015  Previously Apr 2015 **(*) opaque off yellow, pear. The nose reflects candy, glazed fruits, a note of Poire William and brioche. It suggests a wine for la table. The palate confirms this through its relative full, secure weight. It finishes with grip, is sound in length. Viognier here is noted. Serve well chilled 13.5°. To 2018  Apr 2015

2011

light green tints; fresh, nice touch of salt alongside lime fruit airs – a promising, inviting bouquet that also reflects apricot and peach. The palate is harmonious, balanced, of medium depth; the fruit is mild, and it finishes roundly. Its harmony is its ace card; it drinks well now, with fine and purposeful length. Solo drinking OK, or with salads, hors d'oeuvres also. To 2015. 13.5°. €7. Bottled 6 days ago. Feb 2012

2009

pale yellow; rather solid, bonbon sweets aroma that crosses the glass, has some freshness, herbal airs, is also reductive – hence decant. The palate takes a direct approach, but the flavour is a bit escapist towards the finish, even showing tannin on the end. A grounded wine that has enough body for full flavours. The length is good. From spring 2011 – this can move together. 2013-14 Oct 2010