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The Wines

34% Grenache blanc (2007), 33% Roussanne (2007), 33% Clairette (2007) from siliceous-clay soils at Morières-les-Avignon, cool decantation, Grenache blanc & Clairette steel vat fermented at 16°-18°C, Roussanne 1-year 228-litre oak cask fermented, raised 6-8 months, Roussanne lees stirred, 2,349-3,700 b & 10 magnums

2016 ()

very pale yellow. The nose leads on peach fruit airs, freshened up by a lime-lemon influence, and aniseed. It is a rounded, airborne nose, suggests aperitif drinking is on the agenda. The palate gives peach-plum flavours, and extends well to the finish, where there is a build in depth, and sound, decisive grip. This is well made in the modern vein, and just avoids being technical, mainstream: its discreet southern gras saves it from that fate. It has a commendably juicy middle. Also good with crudités, cold meats. 13.5°. To 2019 July 2017

2015 ()

prominent yellow robe. The bouquet is nice and broad, captures some oily virtues of southern climes, its white stone fruits aroma being insistent. The palate holds a steady richness that continues effortlessly. White peach, white strawberry and camomile tea feature in the flavour, and it’s going to do well with pork, Asian cuisine and cheese, to name a few options. The finish is neat, agreeably sustained. 13.5°. To 2019  June 2016

2014

shiny, pale yellow robe. There is a little reduction blocking the freedom of the nose, perhaps some sulphur also, which gives a sherbet lemon aspect. The palate lacks a real centre of gras, and skips a beat or two. It is an in and out wine, a bit frail. 13°. To 2017  Oct 2015

2011 ()

(vat, bottling next month) pale yellow, light rim to the robe. White fruit and spice combine on the nose, which is snappy – there are airs of lime and citrus fruits within. The palate is tight, develops gras; for now it lacks definition, and the mid-palate leaves a slight hole. Obvious acidity in this. To 2015 Feb 2012