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70-90% Roussanne (late-1980s), 10-30% Viognier, Clairette (until late 2010s was 65% Grenache blanc, 20% Bourboulenc, 15% Roussanne), hand harvested, post pressing 1 night cool decantation at 10-12°C, light fining, steel vat fermented at 14-16°C over 4 weeks, cultured yeasts used, varieties blended, raised 5-6 months on fine lees, malo blocked, 17-25,000 b

2016 ()

pale yellow, almost transparent robe. Pear, low temperature fermentation aroma here, with a note of tangerine, a hint of butter. It’s a busy start, carries freshness, and a slightly floral aspect. The palate comes all in a neat bundle; the middle is soft, with salted fringes, and some late grip means the close is decisive. The flavour rests on white plum, with late spice. This is a sound, trim Côtes blanc with a belle, silky texture, can be drunk solo. 14°. To 2020 July 2017

2014 ()

yellow robe. The nose is weighted, and fronted by a brioche aroma, cooked pear alongside, the fruit a little “high”. The palate carries a solid content, and gives a tidy run to the finish. More for drinking at the table than solo. The freshness and the well judged depth combine well. Stone fruits such as peach and apricot feature prominently. It can go past its first burst of youth.  No Clairette this year. 13.5°. 17,000 b. €7.95 at the cellars. 2018-19  Jun 2015 

2012

bright pale yellow. White fruit jam, apricot air with fennel and licorice touches. The palate continues on a white strawberry jam run. This won’t be long-lived, could have a bit more acidity. The finish is clean, round, gives a touch of white fruit there. The aftertaste combines aniseed, infused tea, as it tapers gently. Attractive wine. 13.5°. To 2015. 90% Rouss, 10% Vio this year. May 2013

2011

creamy yellow colour, shiny. Has a good, bouncy and aromatic nose – it shows greengage plum, lime, a light air of honey – this is a very pretty debut. The palate has good style: this is excellent Côtes du Rhône blanc. There are mandarin notes of crispness, peach jam flavouring, then hazelnut towards the finish. Good aperitif, or with steamed fish and fine flavoured dishes. A real treat, lovely wine. “We harvested the Roussanne early this year – between 30 August and 2 September,” Pierre Abeille. 13.5°. To 2016  Dec 2012

2007

pretty good nose that involves lime, butter and liquid honey. The palate bears white fruits such as apricot, also vanilla, comes with decent heart. Has a clear, salty finish, but lacks a little soul and depth. Nice aperitif wine – don' expect greater horizons. To 2013. Feb 2009