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100% Clairette blanche (mid-late 1970s & younger) from galet stone sandy, gravel-limestone soils on La Cerise (S-W) at Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 30% steel vat, 70% new 600-litre oak cask fermented, raised new 600-litre oak casks 8-9 months, wild yeasts, lees stirred, organic, biodynamic wine, 2,500 b

2018

yellow robe; the nose mixes up different influences - it’s grapey, shows butter, honeysuckle, white plum. The palate presents well, holds slightly spiced content, dried fruits, white raisin flavours, with a firm finish, setting it up for white meat dishes, quite full flavours. There is an appealing trail of aniseed on the firm aftertaste, with clarity that invites a second glass. It’s unshowy, nicely convincing Châteauneuf blanc. 13°. 2,500 b. 100% Clairette. Bottled May 2019. €33. 2029-31 Oct 2019

2017 ()

pale yellow; wafer biscuit, cooked pear, varnish airs show on the nose, the high tone aspect a distraction. The palate has a creamy nature, a flavour of mixed white fruits with a white raisin, slightly sticky feel towards the close. There’s a touch of tannin, assertion, on the second half, so must be drunk with rich foods. 13°. 2,500 b. 100% Clairette bl. Bottled June 2018. €32. 2029-31 Oct 2018

2016

rather bright yellow robe. There’s good style in the bouquet – it has orange peel, citrus airs, notes of pear, aniseed, the latter very typical of the Clairette. It’s lucid and well together. The palate bears fleshy, squeezy gras richness, settles well in the glass, offers enough depth for white meats, sauced fish dishes, sea bass with fennel, Provençal dishes. It’s well balanced Châteauneuf blanc for la table, is well presented. Its freshness carries well to a fine juice finish. It can develop as it evolves. Its good purity is appealing. Decant it, serve it in a large glass. 13°. 2027-29 May 2018