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The Wines

50-65% Grenache blanc, 20-25% Clairette, 15-25% Bourboulenc from galet stone covered siliceous-clay soils on Terres Blanches (N), La Gardiole (N-E), all 1976-1981, cool decantation after pressing, 80-90% steel vat, 10-15% new, 5-8% 1-year 228-litre oak cask fermented at 18°C, raised 9 months on lees, oak casks have lees stirred, malo blocked, 7-12,000 b

2016

yellow robe with some southern oiliness, legs on show. Has a good, traditional air of white fruits – stewed peaches and pears – on the nose; it’s a true child of the sun, has a pocket of aniseed-licorice. There is a touch of “high” in the fruit, so allowing it to breathe will aid it. This is enjoyably, smoothly textured, has good heart, and extends with ease, the finish neat. It comes forward well, and the gras richness is plump and squeezy, round. This holds good, local virtues, is STGT Châteauneuf-du-Pape white. It bears cosy appeal, and is a real good bet for sauced poultry, pork dishes, spiced Asian cuisine. 14°. 70% Gren bl, 10% Clair, 10% Bourb, 10% Rouss. 2024-26 Sept 2017

2015

shiny yellow colour. Greengage plum, a little candy and infused tea show on the nose. The palate is tight, rather dumb, bears a nectarine flavour with a note of honey towards the finish. It builds an encouraging shape, with a gain in dimension, as it ends. Good and thorough, has bonny clarity, is a table wine for chicken de Bresse and other treats. 13.5°. 2024-25 Sept 2016

2014 ()

shiny fine yellow robe. The bouquet is a little tough for now, has a white jam fruit and wild pine aspect, a roasted side. The palate is marked by some carbonic gas bringing a pep to it, the flavour in the citrus camp. The finish suggests infused tea, camomile. It gains weight towards the end. It doesn’t act as an ensemble, but the length is good. 13.5°. 65% Gren bl, 15% Clair, 10% Bourb, 10% Rouss. 8,900 b. Bottled Jun 2015. 2023-25  Oct 2015 

2013

fine yellow robe. Peach, stewed fruits aroma of some delicacy, along with a wee lime and guava freshness. This is a neat, genuine start – it has elegance and a calm southern depth. This rolls along well on the palate, gives a joli bundle of apricot, peach skin and light nuttiness in its later crunch. More aligned with food than the aperitif – a wide variety of hors d’oeuvres, chicken, pasta, bean dishes. It extends and prolongs well along the palate, the finish more robust than the fine attack. Hence, it is a wine for food. A good ball of gras sustains quietly. Has local ID, is STGT wine. Day 2: very tasty mid to late palate. 13.5°. 65% Gren bl, 15% Clairette, 10% Bourboulenc, 10% Roussanne.  2026-27  Jan 2015 Previously Oct 2014 ***(*) bright, pale yellow colour. Has a pear aroma with a slight herbal nuance. The palate is full, round and gras. Very attractive depth of fruit. Has a certain zing and zip, runs a fresh line into the finish. Drinking well now. 13.5°. 2024-26 JL Oct 2014

2012 ()

shiny, pale yellow, encouraging robe. There is a slight note of reduction, a high nose that is backed by an air of peach and nectarine, vanilla and ginger: this has a Châteauneuf-du-Pape depth of ripeness. The palate sequels well from the nose, so offers an agreeable rich white fruits, seasoned white raisin and ginger mixture, a tangy finale. It drinks well now – with food over aperitif; Asiatic dishes would be good. Decant. 13.5°. 2022-24  Oct 2013

2011

pale yellow, legs. The bouquet is fresh – it starts on airs of light flan, cooked pear, pineapple, glazed fruits, greengage plum, along with lemon curd, licorice – a grand mix. The palate has a nicely solid start, is a wine of proper depth and elegance – this is a good 2011. It has a smoky, tobacco, spiced, white jam ending, sustains well, is authentic, STGT wine. This summons images of the heart of the Châteauneuf vineyards, is traditional and true, herbs, glow of warmth and all. 13.5°. 65% GB, 25% Cl, 15% B, 10,000 b this year. Bottled March 2012. Sound VALUE at €19. 2021-23  Dec 2012

2010

pale yellow; spice, white spice and citrus-bergamot, mandarin airs. Inviting. The palate starts with firm, decisive fruiting, and, linked to the nose, there is a mandarin orange theme in the flavour, which hangs around for a long way. Has good, fine body. I note its acidity and tang on the aftertaste. It will give an interesting second, varied stage around 2018. 14°. €18.50 at the cellars, OK price. 65% Gren bl, 20% Clair, 15% Bourb, 80% steel, 20% oak, bottled Feb 2012, 7,700 b this year. 2023-25 Dec 2011

2008

bright pale yell; frisky, active bouquet of white fruits, citronelle influences, lime – is breezy, and beyond the mineral, there is a damp wool effect, makes one wonder about the health of the crop. Rather solid palate, steps up a gear, brings extra weight. Dried fruits, glazed fruits, raisin flavour, keeps going. The fruit is almost a shade over-ripe. More settled from spring 2010. 2016-17 Dec 2009

2007 ()

mild, quite bright yellow; the nose is generous – it is led by pear, well-ripened white stone fruits, spice. The palate is knit together, has a nutted flavour; it mixes sound matter with a little freshness, has good heart. This can make a striking aperitif, or do well with food. Touch of bitter on the finish. 2012-14 June 2008

2006

light yellow colour; the aroma is spicy, with banana in it and dried fruits such as peach and also lime tart, a little guava. The bouquet is open and expansive now, on Day 2 it showed more exotic fruits. The palate is richly textured – indeed, this is a wine of texture more than verve. It has an inherent roundness and comfortable appeal. There is some late power, a bit of charge that leaves the finish firm from its alcohol. The sort of wine to tick over on its power – the finish is not that long, and kicks in a rather loose way. Traditional Châteauneuf white. More acidity would help it, such as provided by the Roussanne. 14°. 2016-17 July 2008

2005

very light yellow; easy, soft aroma in a buttery style, has a little background spice and lime. Same theme on palate – soft, open and pleasant drinking now. Well-ripened grapes used, and also a traditional combination it would appear, since the acidity is quite low. Length correct. Not especially profound, but instantly agreeable. STGT wine of good, local feel and rich, plump flavour. Its roundness is very appealing. Now to 2008, but can also proceed calmly towards 2011. Good with a mango chicken dish. Feb 2007 Previously Feb 2006 (pre-bottle) *** salty, tangy, nicely full nose. A big, corpulent wine, is quite fiery, has noticeable, chunky finish.

2004

broad aroma composed of peach, lime, iodine and mineral – is generous and open. Well-composed palate, with more on it early in the game than later. Quite a clean finale, but tapers a little as it goes. Agreeable, no frills wine, is sound. May just be closing down a little now. Back on form by 2008. 2012-14 Feb 2006

2003

full yellow robe; has a “tasty”, savoury nose – ripe banana, pineapple chunks, and a salty tang. The palate has a spicy outer, with the core full, offering white fruits such a speech in its flavour. A good mix of fullness and cut – unusual for a 2003, so maybe middle age is helping it. It drinks well solo, and while it is mature, it is still very much on the prowl. The length is sound. Well done, Elie. 13.5°. 2014-15 Nov 2008

2001

yellow with a hint of gold in the colour; there is a satisfying evolution on the bouquet – aromas of lime and butter, white jam fruits and some wax – it is homogenous , and compact, with some oak traces. The palate is crisp, the taste in a pineapple vein, with oak still apparent. The oak presence means it is still quite tight. Ends on melted butter. Needs food, obviously, to absorb its oak. To 2012. Nov 2007