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The Wines

40-61% Clairette blanche, 25-40% Roussanne, 7-10% Grenache blanc (2010s), 7-10% Viognier (2010s) from 60% galet stone covered garrigue soils, 40% from sandy, sandstone soils on Le Chemin Blanc, until 2015 80% Clairette blanche, 20% Roussanne, vines av age 30 years, hand harvested, destemmed, pressed, mostly steel vat fermented, part oak cask fermented, wild yeasts, raised 6-8 months on fine lees, malo blocked, organic wine, “drink as an aperitif or with steamed scallops with saffron butter, fish in lemon butter, chicken in a cream sauce”

2018

firm yellow robe; the bouquet is sunswept, has an aroma of butterscotch, with a ginger, citrus tang, orange marmalade. It confirms the ripeness of the vintage’s crop, is rather muscular. The palate is solid, wide, filled, has a good, persistent foundation, is very much grounded and set for white meats, full flavoured dishes. There are notes of peach stone late on, and its knit content is genuine, bold. The aftertaste is firm, nicely juicy. This would be a winner with the right dish – it’s certainly not an aperitif wine or delicate dish wine. 13.5°. 40% Clairette blanche, 40% Roussanne, 10% Grenache blanc, 10% Viognier. 2023-24 July 2020

2016 ()

sturdy yellow, pear skin hue. Has a stewed fruits aroma with aniseed-fennel touches as a healthy underlay. It’s broad and well-filled, gives a sure start, is also buttery. The palate has a butty, close-knit nature based on traditional varieties, especially Clairette and Grenache blanc. There are notes of infused tea, brioche within. It has good, steady length, and is up for pork dishes. It lasts nicely, with a nutty flavour. This is good, solid, traditional Vacqueyras blanc for la table. 13.5°. 2022-23 July 2018

2015 ()

yellow colour; ripe peach, apricot juice airs, aniseed, a hint of petrol, good variety on the nose. The palate has a flavour of dried fruits, grapiness, infused tea, camomile, joli gras at its centre. It lengthens freshly, the Clairette and aniseed fennel late on, a lively note of grapefruit on the aftertaste. This is tasty, true, has good foundation. 13°. 2023-24 Feb 2018

2013 ()

pale colour. Nutty aroma with a wee note of fennel, peach and apricot jam – the nose is well rounded. The palate is closed in, not expressive, is dull. There is some softness, but it fails to inspire, and is a bit short. Has a white fruit jam flavour. 13°. £106 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk To 2017  Nov 2014