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The Wines

50-60% Grenache blanc (0.2 ha 1950, 1965, 0.5 ha 2011) from stony soils on Les Chemins de Partide & lime-siliceous soils on Le Thor, 40-50% Clairette blanche (0.5 ha 2011) from stony soils on Les Chemins de Partide, cool decantation, varieties steel vat fermented apart at 14-19°C, wild yeasts, raised 60-80% 1-5 year 228-litre oak casks (inc 1 ex Ch d'Yquem cask each year), 20-40% steel vat 10-12 months, malo blocked (except 2018, when took off on its own), first wine 2014, 1,500-2,150 b

2018 ()

(casks/vat) yellow robe; ginger snap, apricot fruit, with an air of pear skin on the nose. The palate is weighty, nicely filled with a good billowing of white fruits, pear and peach to the fore. It’s broad and rolling, pepped up by some carbonic gas. The finish is secure, the content steady there. This is for la table, carries a note of tannin late on. White meats, mushroom dishes are suited, for example. 13°. 2,400 b. 50% Clair, 50% Gren bl. €12. From late-2019. 2023-24 Mar 2019

2017

(vat/casks) firm yellow; oak, grapey airs suggestive of Roussanne combine on the nose, which has a nut paste presence. It’s a weighty opening. The palate has a petrol, rich side to it, bears fleshy content, a pear in syrup, white raisin, white fruits compote flavour, nudges of white flowers. It’s nicely cool on the finish, is very elegant. Good promise here, well-tuned, enjoyable, stylish Cairanne blanc. 14°. 1,500 b. 60% Gren bl, 40% Clair. €12. 2024-25 Mar 2019

2014 ()

(cask/vat, bottling Aug 2015) yellow robe; this has an apricots, dried fruits aroma of some depth, is neatly sustained. This is wine destined to be drunk with food – it is agreeably robust, is suited to pork for example. It holds good gras, is a proper table white that needs a bit of refinement, but the trend is good for a first wine. The flavour involves stewed white fruits, crème patisserie. 14.5°. 2021-22  Apr 2015