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50-70% Grenache blanc, 10-50% Clairette, 0-10% Roussanne, 0-10% Bourboulenc from Les Serres (S-E), Les Galimardes (S-E), destemmed, 85% steel vat, 15% new 228-litre oak cask fermented at 16°C, raised 6-9 months, 1,500-4,500 b

2019 ()

pale, flinty yellow; the bouquet carries oiliness du Sud, gives a mild air of a white fruits compote, notes of pear, nectarine. The attack is tight, the palate muscular, grippy, has a concentrated core, finishing with a firm, touch tannic imprint. It’s a ground force, traditional, take your time Châteauneuf blanc, best suited to la table, and a second stage of evolution, so I would set it aside until 2023-24. The length is sustained, and it’s going to suit veal, roast suckling pig. 14°. 50% Clairette blanche, 50% Grenache blanc. 2029-31 Nov 2020

2015 ()

2 bottles tasted. Bottle 1: yellow robe with a subdued tone. Big TCA on the nose. Bottle 2: yellow robe. Has a peach-apricot mix on the nose, a soft air of greengage, some licorice. The palate drinks easily, holds tangy content with notes of cooked orange in a grippy finish. It has a fresh, bustling nature, and is more suited to la table than the aperitif. It has steady length. Decanting will awaken it a little further. 14°. 1,500 b. Bottled May 2016. 2024-26 Sept 2016


shiny yellow robe. The bouquet is quite closed, but suggests depth and width. There is a roasted nut, peach presence. The palate is weighty on debut, with a seasoned, spiced white fruit and some fleshy gras at its centre. It is fresh enough, but the profile is one of a wine for la table above all: monkfish and rich fish good with this, tuna included. The finish is more precise than the early palate. 14°. Only 2,5000 b this year, and raising extended to nine months, bottling July 2015. €18. Gren bl down from 70% to 60% and Clairette up from 10% to 20% this year. 2022-24  Oct 2015


pale yellow robe. Attractive pear and citrus aromas – a bouquet with lots of lift and zest. The palate is full, soft, round and supple, again with good fruit flavour, a pear note leading it. Has a clean, bright finish. Drinking well now – aperitif or with simple fish dishes. 14°. 2020-2021 JL Oct 2014

2011 ()

pale yellow. Light honeycomb in a rather serene nose that offers a stylish drift of cooked lemon, minor airs of vanilla pod, grapefruit. This drinks well now, either as a full aperitif or to accompany steamed fish, for example. Has a flavour of apricot jam, a little extra generosity after half way. Sprightly Châteauneuf blanc, showing vivacity and lift as it finishes. Interesting, bonny clarity, rather direct wine, but has sound body as well. 14°. Good VALUE at €16.50. Bottled March 2012. 2019-20  Dec 2012


mild yellow; sprightly, fresh bouquet – citrus airs delivered with honey touches in a pretty abundant whole, also pineapple, oak, high tone. There is a pear-bonbon sweets duo on the attack, then comes mid-palate grip. It runs on well, all as one. There are traces of oak. Elegant, refined wine, with a dried fruits aftertaste. 2018-21 Nov 2008

2006 ()

comfortable yellow; has an ample, spiced aroma, with vanilla and dried fruits prominent, carries some marzipan – the bouquet is already up and running. This is also a big style of wine on the palate – it fills out widely and long. The alcohol is just under control – food is needed for this to show well. It ends on a baked, somewhat eua de vie note, but the wine`s local, natural feel is a merit. There are spice and honey in the flavour, as if there are traditional S Rhône varieties at its epicentre – Grenache blanc, Clairette. It lacks finesse, but is heartily authentic. A laden wine. 15°. 2014-15 Aug 2008

2005 ()

really elegant, aromatic nose shows white fruits, a little spice and a citrus-cashew nut mix – is charming, though there is a solid, even potent backdrop. The early palate fruit is well sustained and flourishes well, then tapers, and it doesn’t follow through as one would want. The end is rather bitter and tough. 2005 had this issue of excess potency, and this is made from the free-draining southern area, so not easy for whites there. Gains a little extra roundness with air, so decant or open and wait an hour or so. 14.5° 2010-11 Feb 2007