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The Wines

25-30% Bourboulenc (late 1960s), 30% Grenache blanc (1993), 20% Roussanne (1993), 20% Clairette (1993), 0-5% 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, “drink with grilled fish, can be kept for 10 years”, organic wine, 1,000-4,700 b

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