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30-70% Roussanne (early 1970s), 15-40% Grenache blanc (1980s), 15-30% Clairette blanche (1980s), from safre, sandstone soils on Les Bédines (N-E) & purely sandy soils on Pignan (N-E), whole bunch pressing, 24 hour cool decantation, 3-5 year 228-litre oak cask fermented at 20°C, raised 4 months (down from 7-9 months until early 2010s), 2,000-2,400 b


sturdy yellow robe; the bouquet is weighted, shows the Roussanne richness, ripeness at its centre. It has a real grape essence flourish, buttery notes also. The palate has hints of tropical fruit, with, once more the Roussanne in the driving seat. Its influence should back off with time, which will help its balance. There is squeezy richness here – it’s suited to Asiatic dishes. It has some sound 2018 freshness on the second half. 40% Gren bl, 30% Rouss, 30% Clair blanche. 2,000 b. I would prefer to drink this in a year or two, and with Vieille France cuisine at seven-eight years, in a large balloon glass. 14°. 2029-31 Oct 2019

2017 ()

shiny yellow; tropical fruit, mango, guava jelly airs feature in a bold bouquet. It glistens with fat. The palate takes up that theme, bearing a compact, doughty richness with firm texture on the finish. It’s a little on its power – there is some gasp on the aftertaste. The flavour brings in pineapple, spice, a note of curry. Its strength means it has to be drunk with food that is full flavoured. Serve in a large glass, decant. 14.5°. 2,200 b. 40% Gren bl, 30% Clair bl, 30% Rouss. Bottled Feb 2018. €35. 2029-30 Oct 2018

2016 ()

shiny yellow robe. There’s a smoky, gunflint top air above the fruit on the nose, peaches and nectarines prominent with some apricot. The palate presents a good, wide front, is well filled with rolling gras richness, delivered in a continuous ball. It lengthens with style, ends on smooth, fleshy ripples. The aftertaste takes in a little orange zest, which gives it neat lift and added variety. This offers very good drinking à table, for a wide range of choice – cheese, white meats, seabass in fennel. The balance is good, and it will please openly. 14.5° - it works very well around its alcohol. This is STGT Châteauneuf blanc, very true to its roots. 2025-27 Oct 2017


shiny yellow robe. The nose sits quietly, not giving a lot; there is an air of peach flesh, lightly musky flowers, honeycomb, vanilla. The palate holds a rich ball of white fruits, all closely wrapped together. It has a fine, if subdued length. There is sound heart to this, with the richness just a little sticky towards the close. The aftertaste is rounded. It’s decent, if a little ponderous. 15°. 2,400 b. 40% Gren bl, 30% Clair, 30% Rouss. Bottled Jan 2016. 2023-24 Sept 2016

2014 ()

steady yellow colour, legs visible. This has a peach jam, light caramel, bright aroma, with a nudge of mandarin that brings cut, also varnish. It is a complex bouquet. The palate is well concentrated right from the off, with a firm bearing that leads into a fresh finish. This has good tempo and weight, allowing a free expression. The flavour brings in orange marmalade, a mix of cut and ripeness. Good with spaghetti dishes – clams, mushrooms. 14.5°. 2,380 b. €29. A low Roussanne content this year: 35% Rouss, 35% Gren bl, 30% Clair. Bottled Jan 2015. 2023-25  Oct 2015 

2013 ()

more full yellow robe than most. Fragrant airs here - creamy peach, stone fruit and mandarin aromas. The palate is ripe, full and sweet, and this holds plenty of glycerol, gras richness and content. Its winemaking shows at present, but it should settle. It certainly needs food. From spring 2015. 2024-26 JL Oct 2014

2011 ()

pale, glinting yellow. Tangy, grapefruit presence on the nose – shows smoke, ash touches, with oaking inside it, exotic fruits such as guava and vanilla. The first palate hit is oak, which renders the attack nutty. It moves pretty securely, aided by some charge of alcohol. A manly white Châteauneuf, suited to sauced foods, and cheeses such as Camembert, Reblochon. There are notes of tilleul (linden), camomile, vanilla on the finish. Can be decanted. From mid-2103. 14.5°. €25. Bottled April 2012. 2021-22 Dec 2012


medium depth yellow; bonbon, white jam, nutty, stiff bouquet with spice notes – it is rather square. The palate has a dried fruit, nutty landscape, is fresh in its later stages, shows vanilla, peach with an acetate touch on the finish, along with a certain heat and burn. It is square in shape, a bit dour – decant this. From late 2012. 14°. €25 at the cellars. 2021-22 Dec 2011


yellow robe; rumbustuous, broad nose – shows candy, caramel, comes with a certain fineness, an airy layer, a licorice dart. The palate starts richly, is broad, and needs food because of its almost sticky texture and ample, rather blurred nature. Honey, sponge cake flavour, with a drift of aniseed on the finish. Decant. It could become a little oxidative on the outside from an early date such as 2015, but its glycerol will support a longer life. From mid-2011. 2020-22 Oct 2010


pockets of yellow in the robe; rather attractive, mild aroma – baked fruit, simple pineapple, is not very open now. The palate has a flan, vanilla flavour, along with oak toast. Fair richness in this. Oak emerges at the end, is quite fine. The length is OK. Correct wine of gentle grace, can sing in time. The oak plays the role of building up its finish. To 2018 or so. Nov 2009

2006 ()

a little yellow in the robe; shows a buttery-apricot mix on a round, suave bouquet, and there is some helpful spice edging. There is some baked tart, cooked lime in this aroma, which lies low in the glass. The first impact on the palate is oak infusion, toasting or grilling. It is richly textured – a wine for fish in sauce, quite full foods. At first, it ends elegantly, showing white stone fruits with a breeze of finesse in them. Gradually more tension comes along, and the air releases a spritzy side, and the shape becomes more pointed. Hmm. 14.5°. Harvested 30/31 Aug this year. 2013-14 Sept 2008