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95% Viognier (late 1990s-mid 2000s), 5% Roussanne from stony marl-limestone terraces at 500-620 metres, cool decantation, fermented 12 days at 15°C, 50-75% steel vat, 25-50% large 35hl 37 hl oak barrel raised 9 months, malo blocked, filtered, “drink as aperitif, or with sea food, grilled Tiger prawns, white meats, pike fish quenelles, cheese”, 15-18,000 b

2017 ()

(vat/barrel) yellow robe, some sheen. The nose has a healthy depth, a good swirl of cooked lemon, apricot, guava jelly, the citrus touches helping it stay “up”. The palate is tasty, immediate, carries good richness and extends safely; it can develop its length with further time. This has a rich and appealing foundation, is suited to chicken in sauce, Asiatic cuisine. It’s an above average Côtes blanc, as it is always. There’s a hint of toasting on the finish. To 2022 Mar 2018


yellow robe. The nose carries a salty, peach-fruited aroma, with a grapey, slightly musky backdrop, bonny notes of spring flowers. It’s moving past its first exuberance. The palate is tucked up, in a dumb phase, holds a reticent dried fruits flavour, carries a good salty sweep into the finish. The altitude here is a bonus in a hot year such as this. It can re-emerge in another six months, and decanting would also be helpful. It has good grip.  13.5°. 2021-22 Mar 2018

2015 ()

pale yellow robe. The nose is soft, comes with elder cordial airs, ripe white peach. The palate offers attractive white fruits such as pear and apricot, is well tuned, and finishes clearly. Graceful, ready for refined dishes, steamed foods. Its freshness is consistent all through, which helps its elegance. Beau, can do the aperitif. 13.5°. 15,000 b. €4.50  export. 2018-19  June 2016 

2013 ()

fine yellow robe. Attractive breeze, white plum fruit and saltiness come forward on the nose, also dried fruit such as apricot. This drinks beautifully now, gives a savoury mix of pear, compote of white fruits with honeyed notes, some lime freshness. There is a lovely feathery clarity above smooth, refined content. Very belle. 13°. To 2018 Aug 2016 Previously Aug 2015 *** pale yellow; has a mild and attractive nose with flowers, pear-apricot fruit on the agenda, tangerine. It is well refined. The palate is fine, and comes with a lime freshness; it drinks freshly, is a beau, airborne wine, its altitude a great help to its kinf appeal. A great aperitif, with its really clear drinking. Close to w.o.w. qualities here. 13°. To 2017  Aug 2015

2012 ()

yellow robe; infused tea, camomile first air, with light notes of honey and apricot behind, some nutty touches. The bouquet is delicate, marked also by acacia, floral airs. The palate has a neat style, is balanced, and suited to the aperitif. Has an apricot, white strawberry fruit flavour, with a gentle squeeze of gras richness to sustain it. It ends roundly, calmly, is well made and very drinkable. 13.5°. 2017-18  Oct 2013

2009 ()

clear robe, green tints. Softly scented, baked pear aroma that is attractive and floral. Likeable palate – it weaves along well, has a fresh and light touch. Good aperitif wine – offers very mild drinking, also good with a chorizo sausage. The length is correct, with fine late tannin. Buttery and flan style, rounded end. 2015-16 March 2011


pear skin aroma that is engaging and fresh. Compact palate – this is good, has substance, a little tannin, nice length. Accomplished and stylish. Now the vines are older, so the wine has improved and gained in substance, grip. A good mix of discreet body and freshness. 13.5°To 2013. March 2010


earthy, rather fungal nose, a touch flat, but has been served a bit warm. The palate is pretty, has nice substance, a nutty-honey flavour. Air frees the nose into flan, custard aromas. There is sound acidity and definition here. To 2008. May 2006