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90-95% Viognier (end 1990s), 5-10% Roussanne at 400-500 metres on Trias soils, fermented, raised 20-25% new, 75-80% 1-5 year 228-litre oak casks 12 months, lees stirred, malo blocked, “drink with foie gras, white meats, chicken, lobster, scallops, curry, cheese, dessert”, 7,000 b

2016

yellow robe. The nose has a curvy, ripe quality, an air of very ripe peach, banana flambé, with oaking. The palate has a roll of richness, delivered immediately, with nudges of cooked orange, lime in the flavour. It’s a rather static style of wine suited to sauced dishes, works on its oily texture. There’s a touch of late grapey tang. It’s hidden and rather downbeat today, but is gentle, assured, rounded. 2021-22 Mar 2018

2015 ()

shiny yellow robe. The bouquet is taking on some mixed, early second stage airs, delving into tropical fruits, mango, with oak and ginger present. The palate has a steady richness at its centre, is plump, fat, and the finish is soft, layered. There’s a little late spring of freshness, and a pleasing delicacy on the close. It’s a wine of fine detail. 14°. To 2021 Mar 2018

2014

attractive yellow robe; the nose gives a rounded, pear fruited aroma, with a little white strawberry seasoning, a nudge of oak – it is a joli start. The palate bears enjoyable peach and guava flavours, travels with a real sure hand, ends on a little spearmint clarity, a touch of oak. Good balance, well made, superior quality. A genuine table wine. 13.5°. 90% Vio, 10% Rouss. 2021-22  Feb 2016 

2010 ()

bright, pale yellow; the nose doesn`t give a lot, bears a wee candy note, pear drop sweets along with more defined hazelnut, brioche bread, salt. There are notes of spritz, flan and caramel in the flavour that leads into dried fruits such as apricot and white fruit jam on the finish. Has medium length. A pleasant, but not startling wine. 13.5°. To 2015 April 2012

2009

oak, toast, honey aromas. Burnt oak debut to the palate. The problem is, that fiery nature continues; some late gras emerges. Wait. From mid-2012, may come round and ease a bit. 2016. April 2011

2008 ()

light yellow robe; toasted, oaked top air, but the oak is not too intrusive. The palate is stiff – no doubt the vintage – and it lacks matter and gras for its oak, which could have been lighter this year. Bit narrow on the finish. 13.5°. Good with a vegetable tart, quiche, mussels or pasta – the food helps to develop it. Drink with food, not solo. Sold in Waitrose in GB. 2014-15 March 2011