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55% Clairette (mid-1980s), 45% Bourboulenc (mid-1980s), co-fermented, raised 15 year old 228-litre oak casks 18 months, “this year the vat wine of Grenache blanc was still in vat mid-2012, v slow fermentation), malo not completed (not blocked since wines have high natural acidity), 450 b

2010 ()

pale yellow, some stronger tints. Smoky, toast, nut air – this is big, has almost a red wine shape, and mixes up a bit of raspberry, honey, fennel and dill. The palate is more flexible than its firm bouquet, offers a bonny spot of gras; its texture and taste resemble white fruits jam, a compote of fruits. Holds good, tight acidity with a firm foundation. It is long, and persists into notes of white raisin and vanilla on the aftertaste. Suited to pork, chicken. Bottled two weeks ago. 2019-20 May 2012

2005

not called La Montagne, composed of 33% each Grenache blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, fermented, raised 67% used 228-litre oak casks, 33% enamel vat 11 months: apricot-gold tints in a rich, maturing robe. The nose offers richness – glazed fruits seasoned with tobacco – it is wide and pretty fresh, too. The palate starts on a flavour of abundant white raisin, leading on that big early flavour; then it drifts and loses its definition. Has an oxidative style, but can blow that off as it breathes. The attack is direct, and the flavour takes on white strawberry, honey. Good grip on a firm finish. A grounded wine, de la terre. There is a wee glow on the aftertaste. 14.5°. To 2018 May 2012