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8-30% Bourboulenc (late 1960s), 8-30% Grenache blanc (1993), 20-30% Roussanne (1993), 20-45% Clairette blanche (1993), 0-9% Viognier from gravel, stone pebble covered clay soils, fermented at 12-16°C in 50% steel vat, 50% new-young 228-litre & 500-litre oak casks, raised 7-8 months, daily lees stirring, malo blocked, filtered, organic wine, “drink on young fruit, with grilled fish, or keep until 5 years’ old, can be kept for 10 years”, 1,000-4,700 b

2018 ()

essence, Canteloupe melon. The palate links softly and smoothly to the bouquet, appeals via its very supple, coasting texture, shows Viognier even though there are four other varieties. The finish is fat, curved. It has a low level acidity, is to drink à table, pretty instant; I’m not sure how long it can hold. 13.5°. 45% Clair, 30% Rouss, 16% Gren bl & Bourb, 9% Viognier. €16.50. 2022-23 March 2020

2016

attractive yellow robe with a good sheen. Has a broad, well sustained aroma, an air of lightly sweet white fruits, compote or stewed in style, citrus-lemon touches. It’s a good combo of southern ripeness and freshness from the north. There are hints of exotic fruits, grapefruit. Carbonic gas is present to jolly up the palate – it brings that specific spritz dance to proceedings. A lime-orange flavour runs through it, with aniseed depth towards the finish. It’s nicely complete, shows a little tannin on the close. It’s still tight, and tangy. Good with poultry in mushrooms, firm fish, couscous. The length is good, and it has authority. 13.5°. 2025-26 June 2018

2015 ()

firm yellow robe; the nose is attractive – airs of nuts, dried fruits, white plum. It’s close-knit, not especially open, can show more. The palate eases along with mild content, the gras coming with a firm side. The finish is appealing, quietly complete. Dried fruits, soft tangerine and white peach feature in the flavour, and fine acidity leaves the close fresh. 13.5°. To 2021 June 2017

2013

pale yellow-gold. Delicate floral nose. The palate is soft and round, with floral and stone fruit flavours. Harmonious wine with good balance. 14°. 3,000 b. €14. To 2017  JL  Dec 2014

2012

(casks) good even yellow; grapefruit, guava, cooked banana air, mandarin here, with the vanilla of oak. The palate is fat, not especially fluid, and builds a dark, rather scorched aspect as it ends; it isn’t yet well finished. The nose is promising, but the palate needs time. Modern, oaked white – wait until 2015. 14°. €13. 1,000 b this year.  2020-22  May 2013

2009

quite yellow robe; high tone air, some peach with oak and toast evident, honey, grapefruit. The palate fleshes out straight away, holds up well, has a sturdy profile. Nice discreet balance, a southern white with its agreeable fullness. Can be decanted, From spring 2011. “The Clairette counterbalances the richness of the Bourboulenc with its acidity,” J.Onde. 50% steel vat, 50% oak handling. 12.5°. To 2017. July 2010