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60% Grenache blanc, 40% Clairette, varieties steel vat fermented apart at 15-18°C, raised 4-5 months, malo blocked, organic wine, 3,000 b

2016

yellow robe with a pear skin hue. The nose is reserved, very much in traditional white Rhône variety of Grenache blanc-Clairette mode. It has gone to sleep. There’s a mild crushed white fruits air, and a solid depth that will serve it well. The palate is also well lined with close-knit, compact content, on white fruits, plum flavours, dried fruits, pears. A touch of citrus-tangerine provides a steady close. Decant this if drinking now. I’d almost wait for a second stage, say from mid-late 2019, for more expression. It has been carefully made, and has style waiting to emerge. 13.5°. 2025-27 May 2018

2012

the robe leans towards cream and vanilla. There is a toasty air, a rather weighty nose with latent fat in it. There is a hint of spiced banana. The palate is expressive, on a white peach, then aniseed later run. Has plenty of depth, will suit pork, soft cheese. Refined acidity lingers on the finish. It is a shade dumb, but has gras at its heart. Touch of SO2 on the aftertaste. 14°. To 2017  May 2013

2011 ()

mild, medium depth yellow, legs. The bouquet is fresh by design, brings forward elder, gooseberry, herbal tea airs, shows a lemon essence as well. The palate is essentially rich as it starts, with a build-up of quite thick flavouring, pear and mint, as it travels. The finish is clean and complete. It picks up a little tannin, has nice length and character. Drink with steamed fish, sauced chicken, for instance. 14°. €8.10. To 2017  May 2013

2008 ()

light, clear yellow robe; has a compact, nutty aroma – there is a quiet, wide authority to it, a good foundation within, some top floral airs. The palate`s attractive fruit rocks along with fresh abandon. Has a typical Lirac underlay and quiet ripeness to support it, and a gras or richness from its Clairette. The length is good; this can be drunk solo, but also enough body for food. 13.5°. “There are aromas of jasmine, verveine, hawthorn on the nose which we don`t find in the Marsanne-Roussanne wines,” Sévérine Lemoine. 13.5°. 2013-14 March 2009