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80-95% Clairette rose (1968), 5-20% Bourboulenc (1940s) from Maucoil & Cabrières (N-W) on galet stone sand-clay soils, whole bunch pressing, fibre glass fermented, steel vat raised 6-9 months, malo completed, unfiltered, first wine 2016, organic wine, 1,070 b

2018

the robe has a yellow with a hint of peach in its hue. This has a reticent but stylish, serene nose, honeysuckle flowers that appeal, cooked lemon, trim freshness present. The palate has an interesting tone, nice supple gras richness, elegant and fleshy, gives real comfortable drinking, achieves discreet late grip. There is a wee sense of oil in the texture - a pleasing vinosity - and a salt note on the close. Bottled early March 2019. 13.2°. 2033-35 May 2019

2017

glinting yellow robe; the nose features dried fruits, a pear aroma, grapey notes that aren’t quite Muscat, white peach, a touch of white truffle. The palate bears fine white fruit, with steel along its path, definite grip late on, good control. The nose is more on the go and varied than the palate. It holds close-knit white fruits, peach, white plum, some smoke, aniseed – the Clairette imprint. This is a wine of character, nicely off piste. It can develop and expand its second half. 90% Clairette rose, 10% Bourboulenc. 2032-34 May 2019

2016 ()

yellow robe which is a hint cloudy; the nose is broad, carries fat notions, ripe fruits, pear, plum, white strawberry – it is a generous opening, has weight. There’s a notion of reduction, “high” in the aroma, infused tea such as tilleul or linden. The palate links closely to the nose via a well proportioned roll of gras with late spicing coming into the white fruits setting. It has a comfy texture and quiet layering of its content. This will go well with veal and rosemary, red mullet and local garlic dishes, has the fat for aubergines, for example. The length is solid. Decant this. 13°4. Harvested 27 September, 2016. 80% Clairette rose, 20% Bourboulenc. Bottle no 00318. 2025-27 May 2018