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30-50% Grenache blanc, 25% Viognier, 20-35% Clairette rose, 5% Roussanne, 0-7% Bourboulenc from sandy, stone-covered garrigue soils on Les Garrigues, Le Caillou (Viognier increased, Roussanne decreased in late 2000s), steel vat-fermented, (until late 2000s 20% Viognier oak fermented) raised 6 months, malo blocked, 8-10,000 b


shiny yellow. Has pear, candy airs, nut paste in a slightly subdued nose, white peach and lime. There’s a lurk of reduction. This is soft, fragrant, grapey; it drinks easily, with easy freshness, a touch of late spearmint. It has grace, simplicity, is a regular Côtes blanc, a little arm’s length. It fades a bit on the close. 14°. To 2020 April 2018


pear-tinted robe, indicative of Clairette rose, legs down the glass. The nose is fragrant and holds airs of white strawberries, a little quince, has pockets of mystery adding to its appeal. The palate runs with a serene, smoothly textured flow. This offers a genuine local character, and is suited to steamed fish, local starters. It ends roundly. Has superior precision and detail. 13°. 35% Clairette rose, 30% Gren blanc, 20% Vio, 15% Bourb this year. 2019-20 £104 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk Jun 2015

2013 ()

pale robe; vanilla and a rather fat but not obvious fruit aroma here, white stone fruit, the fruit a bit “high”. The palate holds restrained fat, has good style for a Côtes du Rhône. Good length, with a clear aftertaste that is toothsome, shows licorice. Its white fruiting is rounded. A good wine for dishes – hors d’oeuvres etc. 14.5°. £99 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk 2019-20  Nov 2014

2012 ()

yellow colour, legs. Compote of peach and apricot fruit centre to the nose, pear traces: the nose goes up and out, has wee licorice-fennel notes. The palate is thorough on the start, broad and rather stylish; it persists well and evenly, has a low-key acidity extending it. It grips securely on the finish. Suited to chicken in sauce, steamed fish, for instance. A good blend of depth of content and light freshness. 14.5°. £90 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk 2019-20  Nov 2013


pretty, pale yellow colour; the nose is also attractive – it shows a gracious harmony, a fine air of white jam, a becoming pear. The palate resembles the nose – the fruits mixed in are pineapple, apricot, ripe peach, ending in a little licorice. The texture is smooth, inviting. A wine that is versatile with food thanks to the richness on the palate and its orderly grip on the end. Steamed fish, clear flavoured foods suited. Elegant wine that could also serve as an aperitif. It just a bit escapist. 14.5°. To 2014 Feb 2012


bright, pale yellow; solid, baked airs to the bouquet. This can be decanted to liberate it. There is white fruit jam at its heart, and fennel in the air – provides an attractive start. The palate bears an orange marmalade flavour, with a sweet tone of gras in it. Round and food friendly, drink this within 2+ years, since it is a low acidity wine. Finishes cleanly, roundly, has good herbal, local appeal. Can be drunk solo or with food. To 2013. Oct 2010