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100% Grenache blanc (1960s) from 1 hectare on Les Crottes, south-east facing clay-limestone, lime, sand soils between Roaix and Villedieu, 50% steel vat, 50% 1-year 60-litre oak cask fermented, raised 6 months (2010 all vat fermented, raised 6 months), malo blocked, filtered, first wine 2010, organic wine, 2,500 b


flinty, pale yellow. The nose citrus, mandarin zest airs, a salty theme, the seashore not far away. It has inviting purity, is very clear cut. The palate gives fine, tasty white fruits with a floral touch to them. It lengthens freshly, with a smatter of nut-honey on the finish. There is a tremble of carbonic gas in it, and it serves an excellent aperitif – this will lighten up your drinks party. For a southern wine, it has good detail, has been well made. Its finish is precise, fine. Oaking comes through over time, note. 13°. To 2019 Jan 2017

2011 ()

mild yellow colour. Has a wide nose that flirts with oxidation in its nature – it is honeyed, has a light sherry style – resembles wines from the northern Rhône, is Marsanne-like. The palate is similar, with an advance that is surprising in its speed. Although it has gras, the finish is drier, and raises questions about its longevity. It may be in a phase of dumbness, retreat, change. It requires foods such as spaghetti with mushrooms, trout. Has salted late notes. Could emerge out of this phase. To 2016. €6.50 export. 13°. 2,500 b. June 2013

2010 ()

(bottling in 1 week) pale robe. Nice fresh nose with a local, herbal, fennel air to it. The palate is very pure, runs on with a mix of gras and freshness. Good length – finishes on a tangy, decisive note. 13.5°. “I harvested this on 16-17 September, 2010,” Olivier Tropet. This is a notable first white wine. 2014-15 March 2011