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60% Clairette blanche, 40% Grenache blanc (vines 1940s) from galet stone covered clay-siliceous soils at St Laurent des Arbres, hand harvested, 600-litre oak cask fermented, raised 6 months, filtered, “drink with grilled fish, white meats, cheese”, 1,200 b

2018 ()

ochre, rose petal colour, unusual, as if Clairette rose is present. The nose has a subtle air of violets, with glazed sugar, vanilla, peach. The palate is fine, floral, holds together well, offers a spearmint tinge in the flavour, so is nice and fresh as it goes. Attractive peach fruit lies at its heart, and it has character, discreet interest. It’s calm and appealing Lirac blanc. 14°. 2023-24 May 2019

2017

firm yellow colour. Has a firmly implanted, southern-sudiste aroma, white stone fruit, some outer freshness, is a little cussed, dumb now, which is also found on the palate, which is sealed, not expressive, has a nutty, tangy flavour, a slight note of power towards the finish. The bouquet is solid, entrenched, needs air to prise it open. The length is sound, solid. This is grounded, rather refusenik, so serve in a large glass, air it, drink it with sauced dishes, pork. It lacks a clinching moment, is very much the child of the aromatically low profile Clairette and Grenache blanc. 14°. 1,200 b. 60% Clairette, 40% Gren bl. €15.40, high. 2026-27 Sept 2018

2009 ()

mid-depth yellow; mandarin fruit front air, white raisin, good, ripe apricot also, and touches of mineral – an accomplished start. The attack is full, the content spreads widely; this comes in the form of red wine, and is solid towards the finish – which his complete. Sound freshness here. A feet on the ground wine in style. I find a bit of SO2 on the aftertaste. 14°. To 2016.  July 2011