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50% Bourboulenc (mid-1970s), 50% Clairette blanche (mid-1970s) from marl, sandstone, compacted sand soils on La Ponche, hand harvested, purchased crop, steel vat vinification of varieties together until specific gravity 1050, then continued, raised in 3-6 year 228-litre oak casks, lees stirred, SO2 at the end of vinification & at bottling, total 80 mg/litre, malo blocked, “drink with salmon in a saffron sauce”, 2,400 b

2018

attractive, shiny yellow robe; the nose is quietly generous, shows nectarine, salted fringes, a note of flan-butter. There’s plenty more to come, and it can be decanted. The palate settles well on the compact gras of its Clairette, has good foundation, runs very well with a full tone, a good, firm close, lovely length and dried fruits on the finish. There are fennel, greengage plum flavours. The Bourboulenc contributes a little sparkle along the sides. There is a hint of late oak and its butteriness. It’s bingo Southern Rhône blanc, very table wine. 14°. 2028-30 April 2020

2017 ()

just bottled: yellow robe. The nose shows sweet peach, succulence, stewed fruits or compote airs, along with vanilla from oak, greengage plum, has buttery notions. The palate expresses dried fruits, has a good, solid heart, nice late grip. Aniseed and honey combine on the close. This has nerve and saltiness, is a good table wine, great with red mullet/rouget. 13.5°. 2025-26 Feb 2018

2016 ()

steady yellow robe. Has a citrus, orange zest aroma that projects lime and some cosy peach ripeness below. It has a fragrant side to it, is accomplished. The palate gives a nutty, dried fruits, grippy flavour and texture, is solid, carries a citrus note towards the finish, saltiness keeping it fresh. This has been well made, has style and lift, and can evolve with interest, a table wine good for firm fish, halibut, turbot. The balance is good, and it can open up further. Decanting OK for it. 13.5°. 2025-26 July 2018