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100% Clairette rose (has been 50% Grenache blanc, 50% Roussanne both 1979-80), from sandy, galet stone soils on Pignan (N-E, 0.8 hectare, 1979-80) & Bédines (N-E, 0.2 hectare, 1982, 1984), Saintes Georges (N-E, 0.2 hectare, 1960s), 33-50% steel vat, 50-67% 1-year 228-litre oak cask fermented at up to 17.5°C, raised 5-6 months, 1-2 lees stirrings a week, malo blocked, 600-940-1,000 b

2019 ()

the robe does indeed carry a notion of rose, pale apricot in it from the Clairette rose; the nose is elegantly scented, with a soft floral tone, peony and rose petal, with a very trim white strawberry, much precision in the aroma. The palate gives a supple run of peach fruit with a gentle build in tannin and depth towards the finish. This is well balanced, high quality, savoury, ever so discreetly perfumed Châteauneuf blanc, carries real good detail, with neat, fresh length. It deserves refined dishes that can match its clarity. 14°. 2031-33 June 2020 Previously Oct 2019 (cask/vat) **** yellow colour; the nose is sunny, holds nice richness, rose-floral airs with apricot, infused tea such as camomile. This is good on the palate: it holds tight, stylish gras, has character. It extends well into a neat pocket of freshness on the close, has good natural acidity. 14.1°. 67% oak this year. 2030-32 Oct 2019

2018 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED: MILDEW, COMPLICATED YEAR

2017 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED: LACK OF HARVEST

2016

the yellow robe is quite firm. This has a steady, close-knit bouquet based on ripe white fruits including peach. It’s attractive, with more variety to come, hints of oak and nuttiness. The palate works well on supple, well-founded texture, a good, ripe base to it. It’s broad across the mid to late palate, has a serene depth, is suited to white meats, turbot, sea bass. This has style and offers tasty white fruits. The aftertaste is rounded, with perky touches of peach fruit. Decant it. 2026-27 May 2018

2014 ()

pretty full yellow, rich looking robe. The nose give peach and cool airs that please, a nectarine, gentle outlook. The palate is stylish, fresh, offers a steady run of white fruits, a little smoky seasoning alongside. This is a good ensemble, shows well now. It has quiet length. It might gain complexity over the next two to three years. 14°. 100% Clairette rose. €30. 940 b. Bottled March 2015. 2021-22  Oct 2015 

2009

yellow colour, mild green. Cooked peach, fruit tart aroma, beeswax present: the bouquet stands up well, is inviting – a good start. The palate is broad and ripe, has plenty of ripe, baked fruit, and as such will be best with Vieille France cuisine – sauced dishes such as chicken in morilles and cream sauce. It ends on a nougat moment. Rich and successful with those foods, its power and above all glycerol will keep it going, a child of the south. Good now, then expect a pause, then a more later. I like also its space – it is not heavy. 2018-20 Oct 2010