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The Wines

40-50% Grenache blanc, 16-20% Clairette blanche, 20-25% Bourboulenc, 5-12% Roussanne, 5-7% Viognier from limestone fragment soils, destemmed, pressed, vat fermented 2 weeks at 16-18°C (varieties co-fermented if possible), steel vat raised 3 months, malo blocked, filtered, 20,000 b

2018 ()

clear, attractive yellow robe. The nose is elegant, expresses soft peach, white flowers, notes of aniseed, licorice. The palate links well, holds stylish gras with good precision in the fruit, and a clear sign-off. It’s well made, drinks very easily, has peach and plum in its make-up, and refined freshness. The aftertaste reveals a hint of southern warmth. It can open further, so decanting possible. 13.5°. 2024-25 May 2019

2017 ()

pale yellow. Has a zesty, on the go bouquet, citrus topping to a banana, white fruits compote, notes of white plum, pear. It’s decisive enough to be an aperitif wine, is a charming start. The palate starts softly, is suavely textured, carries enjoyably sustained white fruits, peach-nectarine, with late tang, grip, peach stone cut, tang of bitter on the finish. This is stylish and fluent along the palate. There are touches of carbonic gas through it. The late note of bitter will be taken in by cod, sea bass, dourade, risottos, soft cheese. It finishes mildly. 14°. 20,000 b. 40% Gren bl, 16% Clair, 25% Bourb, 12% Rouss, 7% Vio. To 2022 Sept 2018

2016 ()

bright yellow robe. Tangerine and jungle fruits airs lead the bouquet, a hint of reduction, so there is a certain “high” note, along with pineapple, papaya, peach also. It’s evolving past its first youth, carries interest. The palate achieves a tender feel with good depth of content; indeed, the second half is firm and rather locked up. It’s just in transition towards its second stage, but is well made. Decanting and serving in a large glass will encourage it. It has some Northern Rhône styling, fine-ness, and a good little pocket of gras on the discreet finish, where there is a tiny touch of tannin tang. This is fine Lirac blanc.  14°. 2023-24 Oct 2018

2012 ()

pale yellow. The nose is notably soft, shows light airs of acacia, lime and peach, a good spring of freshness – there is real life in its step. The palate is attractive, rather will o’the wisp fruit in it; it has a run of acidity that keeps it fresh all through. The flavour centres on white plum, citrus zest, ending on the up and clearly. OK for the aperitif, and hors d’oeuvres which would be ideal to give one’s palate a boost. All in very good order – this is high on charm, is a joli ensemble, an articulate wine. 13.5°. €10.25. 2016-17  May 2013

2011

quite a full, shiny yellow colour. White raisin aroma, with a positive note of oxidation, baked bread, glazed fruits, sultanas, lime and aniseed. The style is rich. This is destined for la table – it has a fat debut, which places the quiet finish in the shade. The exit is buttery, and there are low-key nutty, apricot and brioche flavours present. It finishes clearly enough. To 2016. 13.5°. May 2013

2010

pale robe, minor green tints. This has an unassuming bouquet led by light pear, varnish, a touch of “steel”. It reflects low temperature vinification in its cut. The palate grips at the start, its interior is compact, rather refined. It could be a little more carefree, local. It is discreetly flavoured, ripe peach shows through. Advance has been achieved in past four months. 13.5°. To 2016  July 2011  Previously March 2011 **(*) clear, light yellow. Soft nose that is smoky, has a bit of spice, rather auto-pilot in feel. Easy going palate that floats along without great depth. Aperitif style wine, holds minor late gras. Timid, not engaging, but correct. May advance a little with more bottle age. To 2014.  March 2011

2008 ()

some depth in the yellow; overt candy and banana nose, glazed brown sugar; the palate is confected, lacks convincing cut and fruit, plods along. Dull wine. 13°. 2013-14  Dec 2009 Previously March 2009 (*) pale, flinty robe; hint of high tone, along with baked stones, fruits such as pear and green apple on the nose. Modern vinification, cellar-forward wine on the palate – there is always a taut undercurrent, a wine that lacks a comfort zone. Can only settle its acidity and hopefully meld together more. 13°. To 2012. March 2009

2007

pale colour; bonbon sweets aroma in a rounded nose – some of the Viognier banditry is here, its 5% trying to take over the show, so there is some pear and baked fruit tart present. The palate has a green apple flavour; there is some richness within, mostly near the finish. There are some honey touches. This is not quite ensemble as yet. To 2010-11 June 2008

2006 ()

clear, quite brisk bouquet with citrus touches – the shape is direct. The palate fruit has bite in it, a little spice seasoning in the white fruit, It is a bit abrupt at the end, where there is acidity that can settle around autumn 2007. To 2010. 40% Grenache blanc, 16% Clairette, 25% Bourboulenc, 12% Roussanne, 7% Viognier this year. June 2007

2005 ()

full, live, expressive nose. Pear flavour right away, is full and has a fresh ending. Scented peach fruit later on. Stops a little early. 13.5°. “Our white Lirac can be drunk as an aperitif, or with Coquilles St Jacques or scallops, white meats, Asiatic foods,” Vincent de Bez Feb 2006