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The Wines

100% Roussanne (mid 1990s) from gravelly soils at Violès, a little at Sablet, dawn harvesting, concrete vat fermented, raised 4 months (before late 2010s, 80% steel vat, 20% young oak cask fermented at 18°C, raised 6 months), malo blocked, 3,000 b

2018

pale robe; the nose is buttery, very Roussanne, has a mild lemon air, flowers, peach, apricot, infused herbal tea also involved. The palate is neat, with smooth flow, some glow, a nectarine flavour with late spice. There’s a touch of late tannins, firmness, grip on the close. 13.5°. To 2021 March 2019

2015 ()

bright, fine yellow. The nose is attractive thanks to soft airs of white flowers, orange blossom, with quiet pear and white plum tones below. This drinks well as an aperitif, thanks to its clean lines, and tender fruit, a becoming softness in the late palate. There is a neat plumpness in its white fruits that have a touch of peach and apricot, also a dab of honey, in them. Stylish white Côtes. 13.5°. To 2018  June 2016  Previously Feb 2016 *** fine yellow robe. Elder, blackberry leaf aroma, a neat bouquet. The palate is fresh, backed by some supple gras. It ends with some precision and a light saltiness. Its airborne, dainty qualities render it good as an aperitif. 13.5°. To 2018  Feb 2016

2012 ()

pale yellow. The nose is reserved, but has quiet class, a light peach and nectarine note, spiced white plum. The palate has a fresh, clear style, could show more depth, rather skims. It ends more neutrally than expected, with a spot of vanilla and peach there. May develop. 13°. To 2017  Oct 2013

2011

lime and nut airs, dried fruits, a smoky pear fruit. Attractive, squeezy, aromatic fruit led by apricot on the palate; builds up a gradual glow. It has a white fruit jam, pebbly grain late stage. To 2016.  June 2012

2010 ()

very pale. There is a bonny spread of fruit across the nose which shows some white jam and gras, a spot of opulence – this is a good example of Roussanne. The palate is stylish, travels well; there is fennel in its flavour, good bite, also licorice. There is more grip on the palate than the nose suggests. The finish is decisive, with discreet weight there, spice and herb notes. Versatile with food, cold meats, smoked fish, salads. 13.5°. To 2015  June 2012

2009 ()

white fruit, jam fruit aroma. The attack shows an evolution, with a compact run along the palate. It ends on smoke and vanilla, is on song now. The glow of 2009 comes through on the finish. Food wine – suited to shellfish, pasta, mussels.  2014-15  June 2012