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The Wines

50% Grenache blanc, 50% Maccabeo (1970s), fermented, raised 2-3 year 228-litre oak casks 15 months, lees stirred, malo completed, first wine 2002, sold in Spain to restaurants, 1,000 b

2005 ()

yellow, apricot colour; has a big, full-blown nose – towards oxidation, with white raisin, is led by the Maccabeo, also a nutty side. The palate is nicely rich – this is very much a texture wine, one that motors along and gains freshness, and ends cleanly. “When we bottle it, the wine is a bit heavy, but two years later it gains minerality, and note that it is a low acidity wine, as well. The 2002 and 2003 are still tasting well,” Laurent Combier, Jan 2008. Coquille St Jacques (scallops), grilled fish à la plancha, cod, carpaccio of fish – all good with this interesting wine. 15°. To 2012. Jan 2008