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40-85% Grenache Blanc, 6-30% Clairette, 0-15% Bourboulenc, 5-30% Roussanne from galet stone covered sandy soils, 12 hour skin maceration, destemmed, 0-75% vat fermented at 12-14°C, 25-100% new-1 year oak cask fermented, lees stirred, raised 6 months (down from 12 months until early 2010s), lees stirred, 2,500-5,300 b

2016 ()

pale yellow. There is attractive peach fruit with apricot support intensity on the nose, salt and white flowers in the second level, cooked lemon also, with aniseed from the Clairette. This drinks easily with the help of soft gras, peach-nectarine with a smoky tang in the late stages. It’s an upfront Châteauneuf, on the go now, has a squelchy style, is suited to poultry, turkey, cod, a range of cheese, especially Brie, Camembert, Wensleydale. It has solid length, has been made for the instant, drink now. 13.5°. To 2020 Sept 2017

2015

quite a deep yellow colour. The nose involves white raisin, with a pronounced grapey intensity and oaking that needs to back away. The palate works on texture over freshness, its content dumb at present. There are stem ginger notes, stewed white fruits, but it isn’t yet an ensemble. It tones down, sets up an infused tea close. Try decanting it. 13.3°. 2,500 b. Bottled Sept 2016. From mid-2017. 2022-23 Sept 2016

2014 ()

steady, quite full yellow colour, legs down the glass. A spice and oak combination features on a filled bouquet, shows ripe crop, has a caramel nature, light airs of white raisin. The palate is pretty copious, in step with the nose, thus. There is an ample level of gras richness in the late stages. A busty white Châteauneuf, suited to white meats, poultry dishes, sauces. Can absorb more of its oak if left another 18 months. It is a trifle cellar exerted. 13.5°. 40% Gren bl, 30% Clair, 30% Rouss. 100% oak fermented, raised. €16.20 at the cellars. 4,000 b. 2023-25  Oct 2015 

2011

pale yellow. Guava-mandarin, exotic fruits lead aroma that is round and pretty clear. It shows a bonny airborne float. The palate is a compact, low acidity affair. The flavour resembles peach, followed by a more tobacco style tang. It quietens down along the palate, is a shade dilute. Drink sooner rather than later. 80% GB, 20% R this year, all oak handled, 13°, €14.90. 2017-18.  Dec 2012

2010

mild yellow; peach-apricot aroma, compote of pear and orange with it, some smoke and flint or silex. The palate is firm, knit, closed, has baked bread notes and is compact all through, drawn in. There is a good level of gras richness, and it ends on salty, peanut influences, with a fine acidity as it closes. OK for the aperitif. This is good, grippy Châteauneuf – I like its length and fresh approach, even if it is a shade technical. 14°. 2018-20 Dec 2011

2009

pale, bright yellow. Pepper-spice, oily nose, pear fruit and a little candy here. Robust, traditional start to this, lacks finesse, needs food. Has a tannic style. Aftertaste a bit dry. Decant it. Has the heat of the vintage, is clumsy. From 2013 now, waiting the best policy. 14°. 2019-21 April 2011