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50% Grenache blanc, 20% Clairette, 10-20% Bourboulenc, 10% Viognier, 0-10% Roussanne, 70% vat, 30% 2-3 year 225-litre oak cask fermented, raised 9 months, malo blocked, 10-20,000 b

2016 ()

pale, flinty yellow with shine in the tone of the robe. The nose gives pear and citrus airs in a floating setting – “up” and easy it is. The palate offers neat, fresh drinking with mild gras to back it. It finishes freshly with pear and nuttiness in the flavour, a touch of licorice, and fine grip on the finish. It has been made with restraint, and can be drunk solo, or with crudités, nuts. It’s an efficient Côtes blanc, shows light carbonic gas. On Day 2, the length is improved. 13.5°. To 2019 June 2017

2015 ()

pale yellow; has an early aroma of green apples, cooked, so there is some fat, an air of cooked lemon, oak and vanilla also. The palate is fresh, a trifle plain in flavour, gives a little flan, banana, tapers towards the close. Middle of the road Côtes white. 13.5°. To 2018  Feb 2016

2012 ()

pale yellow; lime-mandarin lead air, a white compote or stewed fruits presence, flint and smoke also in the bouquet. The palate has a gently firm start, retains that sense of gentle purpose well through the palate, shows attractive, supple notes. There is fine, quite saline acidity on the finish, and helps the drinker want more. Perfect for poulet de Bresse (chicken from eastern France), also fruit tarts, soft cheese. Stylish, long, good now. 13°. To 2018  Oct 2013 Previously May 2013 ***(*) vanilla colour; glazed fruits aroma – the nose has a ripe roundness, candy and pear notes, camomile tea, oily touches. The palate has a sound filling of matter, so it is smooth, but is a bit low on features, nuance. Suggests it is formed around traditional varieties such as Gren bl and Clairette (tasted blind). There are touches of flan, hazelnut, a custard style flavour on the finish. Can gain – this needs time and air, and I back it to prosper and be stylish. Suited to foods, not the aperitif. 13.5°. 50% Gren bl, 20% Clair, 10% each Rouss, Vio, Bourb this year. 2016-17  May 2013

2011

pale yellow; lime, possible SO2, cooked pear, some spice mixed in the bouquet. The palate starts cautiously – bears cooked white fruits, apricot and peach, with some drive of acidity. Fresh wine, with body – decant this to free it. The aftertaste is crisp, shows licorice and a little tang there. A wine that plays a steady, safe game, is suited to food. 13.5°. 2016-17  Oct 2012

2010 ()

pale robe; white plum, myrtille, cloudberry airs, with a gooseberry freshness, plus a light banana depth behind. The palate is restrained, just entering its second phase. Has a solid heart; the white fruit is rounded, and it lasts well. There are lime traces in the flavour, mandarin juice. Stylish wine, good length. 13.5°. Bottled Jan 2011. To 2015 Feb 2012

2007

oak-banana aroma, lateral aroma of some style – shows peach and apricot, has a free air. The palate also holds stylish fruit, has a good, rich heart and runs on well. Its length is very steady. The finale is nice, clear and rounded. Good wine, and good value for a Côtes du Rhône white. Gives good rocking pleasure, with pear hints in the flavour. Can do the aperitif, or food. w.o.w. wine. To 2011. Nov 2008