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40% Grenache blanc, 30% Clairette, 30% Marsanne (early 1990s) from sandy, clay sediment soils, 50% vat, 50% 2 year 228-litre oak cask fermented, raised 5-6 months, lees stirred, malo blocked

2018

(vat/casks) fine yellow colour; notes of aniseed, infused tea, camomile, lead the nose, which has a graceful aspect, a neat suggestion of salt. The palate flows well, all in harmony, with fine droplets of white fruit, floral nudges, salty touches, precision to the fore. The finish has a lip smack quality. This gives very satisfying drinking, is w.o.w. Lirac blanc, a second glass definitely on the agenda, the aperitif also. 2023-24 May 2019

2012

clear yellow, with some flint clarity. Has a graceful, well-modelled nose, a fresh overlay on its lime, with a light butter couch. It has inherent muscle, is a stylish bouquet. The palate connects well to the nose; there is a good, orderly run of spiced white fruits, with mandarin and honey trimmings, and a little oak on the aftertaste – hence a note of vanilla in its greengage plum fruit there. Soft gras lies at its centre. A good example of Lirac blanc – it has body, balance, clarity. It is a big wine suited to foods rather than aperitif; 15° on the label agrees with that. To 2018. €11.   May 2013

2010 ()

fine yellow; toast, fruit skin aroma of calm appeal, and a little honey, and honeysuckle flower. There is oak and its consequent pineapple here, too, is a weighty start. The palate has a glow of white fruit at first, then takes on licorice, grips and tightens. Sound length, with pebbly notes on the finish. Can serve as aperitif wine, or good with picnics, outdoor eating due to its palate weight. There are fleshy, sweet notes in this enjoyable wine. 14°. To 2016  July 2011

2006 ()

elegant bouquet – there is a good tight grip, suggests Clairette-Bourboulenc in this. Has the potential to give more, shows a little toasting. There is a dip of early richness on the palate, then some oak tightens it. Nice mix of flow and cut here. The content is refined. Quite a polished wine, its length is OK, the aftertaste is peppery. Food such as salads ideal with this. Best from 2008. To 2010. June 2007

2005

(oak part of the wine) solid, tangy, quite refined nose. Oak, lemon tart flavour on the start, has good heart. The length is OK, too. Solid, rather big wine in the making. “It was harder this year to achieve the right ripeness – there isn't the same roundness as 2004,” Luc P. 7 years. Feb 2006

2004

nice fresh nose, early vivacity in its lime air, is broad. Interesting grip within a white fruit, peach, tint of pear flavour. Expect this to live. White fruit and almond mix on the finish. Beau, stylish wine. “A year when maturity and acidity went together,” Luc P. 2012-13 Feb 2006