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24-33% Viognier, 32-33% Roussanne, 20-34% Grenache blanc, 0-24% Marsanne from South facing sandy (lower down)-limestone, stony (higher up) soils on 3 terraces at Domaine La Renjarde at Sérignan du Comtat, hand harvested, steel vat fermented at 15°-16°C, part steel vat, part oak cask raised 5 months, weekly lees stirring, malo blocked, “drink as aperitif, or with griiled fish eg daurade, fresh goat cheese”, organic wine, 16,000-23,000 b

2019 ()

Côtes du Rhône this year: flinty coloured robe; the bouquet is fresh, tangy on the outer, with a ripe inlay of cooked lemon and pear fruit beyond the stem ginger. After a brightly, citrus-inflected attack, the palate gives a well founded richness, sits well, with some sparky, clear juice, fresh lining, and a nutty, slightly charged finale. The aftertaste is grippy, almost chewy. This is a substantial Côtes blanc, more suited to la table than the aperitif. It will accompany mushroom dishes, earth-based produce, pork and white meat dishes. It’s still a little tucked up post bottling, so drink from late-2020. 13.5°. 23,000 b. 32% Rouss, 24% Marsanne, 24% Vio, 20% Gren bl against the 2018 Villages blend of 33% Rouss, 33% Vio, 34% Gren bl. Bottled 27-28 Jan 2020. 2026-27 July 2020

2016

bright, fine yellow. The bouquet isn’t showy, but has a sure depth – pear with some white plum, a good mix of oiliness and nuttiness, leans towards tilleul (linden). The palate mixes its oak and gras well, stands up straight on the second half, will do well into a second phase of life, with a broad display after the mid-point. There is good local stamp here, with a stylish make-up. It will emerge further, so decant if drinking now, summer 2017. Both balance and length are good. This is well made, polished white that is marked on its 2018 onwards potential. This will be good with halibut, poultry, steamed fish. 13.5°. 2023-24 July 2017