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55% Roussanne (early 1970s), 25-30% Grenache blanc (early 1980s), 15-20% Clairette (mid-1970s) from 1.5 ha at Sorgues, 1 ha at Orange, 1 ha at Travaillan (clay-limestone soils, some stones), vat fermented, raised 3 months, malo blocked, 16,800-20,000 b

2018

fine yellow colour; the nose is nicely scented, joli, gives peach, vanilla, apricot, white plum. This drinks well now, has a compote of white fruits all mixed up, some grip, tang, a touch of tannin late on. This is really jolly Côtes blanc – ça passe bien, it’s w.o.w. wine which has the matter for la table. There are spiced late touches, nudges of aniseed in the flavour. It’s got lots to it for this category. The €9 is VALUE. Bottled Jan 2019. 13.5°. 50% Rouss, 30% Gren bl, 209% Clairette. 2024-25 May 2019

2012 ()

yellow robe; the good depth in the nose is reflected by a guava, pineapple air, plus vanilla. There is tight but good, secure gras richness inside the palate, a little tannic firmness down the sides. A wine to drink à table, up to white meats, has the depth for that. Spice is present, and it ends on a moderated richness, a pretty complete peach flavour, some glazed fruits. It is advancing, but drinks well now. 13°. 2016-17  Oct 2013  Previously Dec 2012 ***(*) clear yellow. Vivacious, pear drop, pear fruited nose, is breezy with a salty note of grapefruit. It will show more depth next year. The palate holds discreet gras inside its racy outer. It travels crisply thanks to citrus, saline notes. This will be a good aperitif, or grand with steamed fish. From spring 2013. “The Grenache blanc was ready at the end of August, but the Roussanne was late. I ended harvesting them over nearly one month, ending with the Clairette on 5 October. They were fermented apart and assembled after that,” André Brunel. Bottled today. 13.5°. 2018-19  Dec 2012

2011 ()

shiny yellow robe. Toasted, nutted, rich style air with pear skin and apricot, fennel, lime. This is at a “la table” stage thanks to its development of spiced white fruits jam, along with honey and menthol-aniseed notes. Solid quality. It shows a touch of salt on the aftertaste. Good variety to interest the drinker. Cold white meats, salads would go well with this. 13°. 2017-18  Dec 2012

2008

(vat) pale yellow; openly zesty, peach and pear stone aroma with a little depth. The palate bears subtle white fruit, with peach in the flavour. There is late grip and some heat on the finish. An early wine, propped up by its carbonic gas for now, but the overall take is fragrant and live. A direct wine with a little body in it. “The vineyard is east facing – which helps retain freshness – rather than having the late evening sun grill the grapes,” A.Brunel. To 2010-11. Nov 2008