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100% Clairette rose from sandy, stone-covered garrigue soils on Les Garrigues, steel vat-fermented, raised 5 months, malo blocked, organic wine, 4,000 b

2016 ()

fine, pale yellow. This has a neat bouquet, expresses citrus fruits, orange skin, with apricot and pear depth behind, a whiff of stem ginger also. The palate is softly textured, offers white fruits with a squeezy feel, late grain and a change in texture bringing a little grip and tang. It drinks liberally now, with freshness through it, the aftertaste close to spearmint and infused tea. There’s quite a lot going on, and it’s a good Côtes blanc, just favouring la table over the aperitif – hors d’oeuvres, cold meats, fish terrines. 13.5°. To 2020 Oct 2017

2014

pale, flinty yellow. Technical, zappy first aroma that speaks of a low temperature fermentation. There is a light white stone fruit presence, pear in the frame. The palate is also zappy, a bit light and without consequence. The finish is on nectarine, pear, aniseed, but drifts. Aperitif drinking. Low on character, from the cellar wine.13°. To 2017  Oct 2015 

2012

pale yellow; peach, lightly floral, elegant nose with no sign of degree, while its underlay is ripely curved. The palate debut is fresh, toothsome, bonny; holds tight white fruit, has grip. It also ends freshly, deepens slowly. Suited to hors d’oeuvres, starter dishes, also has the body for fish. There is a risk of glow on the finish as it ages. 14.5°. £75 12 b in bond H2Vin GB www.h2vin.co.uk To 2018  Nov 2013

2011 ()

pale yellow, hint of apricot. Has a smoky, toasted first air – the nose is rather unyielding, offers traces of bergamot, and can soften within 6 months, time which will benefit it. The palate has a textured debut, while it closes in as it goes along the palate, ending in a firm, notably compact manner. The flavour starts on pear, evolves into brioche baked bread flavouring. There is a drift of aniseed on the aftertaste, a clear ring to it. The palate is ahead of the nose. A shade plain. Bottled Jan 2012, last month. 13.5°. Feb 2012

2009 ()

pale yellow; the nose is rather reductive, offers a plump fat, white jam in the Grenache blanc, Clairette style (tasted blind) – is authentic, comes with hints of licorice. Good going on the palate – it mixes richness with a line of finesse, and is a mini-Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine. The length is fine, the finish clear and precise, even with some jam there. Discreet qualities. Can be drunk solo, or with clear flavours – soups, grilled fish whose flavours are not too strong, cream cheese. 2013-14 Oct 2010