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The Wines

50% Grenache blanc, 20% Viognier, 15% each Marsanne and Roussanne, 47% from 9 hectares at Domaine du Grand Prébois, Vaucluse (mainly Viognier, also Roussanne, Grenache blanc, Marsanne, own vineyard, clay-limestone, galet stones), 53% from 10 hectares at Saint-Gervais, Gard (Grenache blanc, Marsanne, limestone slope,), 80% steel vat fermented at 16-17°C, 20% new & 2 year oak 228-litre casks fermented (the Viognier) and raised 6 months, malo blocked, 150,000 b (up from 100-120,000)

2019 ()

low-key yellow robe, flint stone hue. The bouquet has a discreet air of peach, a hint of apricot, gives a measured, calm start with a saline note. The palate links well, bears attractive white fruits, a good mix, with a bonny line of freshness into a precise finish. This drinks with dainty pleasure, purity, can do the aperitif very well, or go with hors d’oeuvres, cold cuts. It’s very drinkable, w.o.w. Côtes, bang on target. 14°. 2022-23 Dec 2020

2018 ()

yellow robe; peach is prominent on the bouquet, which carries a garrigue oiliness, a note of brioche bread. The palate holds fine white fruits with a little more tang than the nose might suggest, and a cool tenor after the mid-point. It’s elegant, nicely restrained, its central plumpness appealing. 13.5°. 2023-24 Oct 2019

2017

shiny yellow robe; there is a musky, floral presence on the nose, with banana, ripe fruit central to it. The palate is a textured, easy flow affair, with pear in the flavour, the Viognier marking it. It ends round and supple, a note of green apples late on. It gives sufficient bouquet and palate to accompany sauced dishes, starters. It works within safe limits, and for me is a tiny bit dull. 13°. To 2022 Oct 2018

2016 ()

fine yellow. The nose reveals aniseed, discreet southern temptations, plums, pears, has an oily, poised nature. The palate offers a smoothly textured set of white fruits, peach with a touch of mandarin zest. It ends roundly, on its quiet, subtle gras richness. I feel it will be better if aired, and also given another six months, so drink from spring 2018. 13°. To 2020  Oct 2017

2015

yellow robe. The bouquet reflects the garrigue – aniseed, infused tea such as camomile, a backdrop of peach and apricot. The palate starts well with rolling white fruits, a little tannic grip and bite towards the finish. This is smoothly textured, is an open book, suited to cold cuts, simple starter dishes. 13°. To 2018  Sept 2016

2014 ()

fine yellow robe. Soft, rather withdrawn nose, pear fruit, aniseed, a drop of freshness. The palate is fresh on the attack; it lacks a true, established centre, and runs in escapist fashion on the second half. Light wine, slightly aromatic, easy to drink. 13°. To 2017  Oct 2015 Previously Apr 2015 **(*) mild yellow colour. The nose is nice and alert, offers an air of pear with some intensity, a jam touch about it, also apricot. The palate is very light, and is less deep than the nose has suggested. It has a direct run, and ends with some tightness and tang. A game of two halves, the nose superior to the palate. 13°. To 2018 Apr 2015

2012

medium yellow; the nose is reserved – light nut and caramel, cooked white fruits, dried fruits, tangerine. The palate has an easy simplicity, spreads across the mid-palate. A soft approach, squeezy white wine, not a long-term drink, shows a little spice after half way. It could be fuller in its mid-palate; has quite a suave coat. To 2016  Oct 2013

2011

pale, flinty yellow. The nose is rather locked up, tight and still under its bottling influence. There are hints of honey, pear, nut. The palate is wrapped up, with agreeable body and matter, the shape round. It is well textured, has sound stuffing. Drink with food rather than solo, and decant it if drunk before spring 2013. There is a little apricot jam flavour apparent. Balance is just OK. 13°. To 2017  Oct 2012

2010

light yellow robe; peanut, somewhat creamy air, peach fruit in the background. Agreeable little depth to this, has a careful run of flavour; is a bit under the spell of its one month bottling. Balance good, ends freshly, with gras there also. Rather reserved today. From September 2011. 13°. To 2016 or so. March 2011

2009 ()

light yellow; buttery-boiled sweets nose, gentle white fruits present: it is quietly inviting, has a little zest about it. Hazelnut, baked bread debut on the palate, the flavour has an apricot tang as well. The length is pretty good, with late matter and some intensity. Grand as an aperitif, or with summer foods. 13°. 2014-15 June 2010

2007

rounded, rather pungent nose – shows ripe fruit, quince jelly, peach, ripe grapes. The palate grips from the start – has some muscle and continues with sound length. The Viognier marks it, allowing it to end on some richness and chew. Good now. To 2011. Nov 2008

2006

pale yellow, cream colour; has a rather zesty, green apple first hit on the nose, with a little ripeness in the form of a flan aroma underneath, also hints of spice and fennel. The palate is richer and rounder than the nose would imply. Has a pretty ample texture, although the flavours are not precise – maybe peach is here. Some late grip renders it nutty. Not esp open today. From spring 2008 for more going on, and this can move up to ***. 13°. 2010-11 Nov 2007

2005 ()

fresh outer aroma, with a rounded inner; this bouquet has an orange peel verve, is a touch waxen and shows pineapple also. The palate possesses a good, rather suave texture, with some acidity to keep it going. It holds white stone fruits with some zest about them, and a late mineral clarity. This is ideal for grilled fish, with no sauce, or potato dishes. I like its character. To 2011. Nov 2007 Previously June 2006 *** holds quite an opulent, pear-floral aroma with a rich core. The palate comes in a gourmand style; there is a lot of fat – this is a full, fleshy wine that is best suited to food. Some end heat in it. “The crop was riper than usual in 2005. I would eat a chicken cooked in olive oil rather than butter with this,” Pierre Perrin. To 2009. June 2006

2004

full yellow robe; has a smoky, orange, dried fruits aroma. The palate is rich, though it starts in an understated way; has nice sinew, and is spiced and mineral, with a nice, quiet richness, good character and length. It lasts, and on the finish spice and dried fruits express themselves. “This is more vertical than the horizontal 2005. We had some early September rain that pushed the whites into greater ripeness,” François Perrin.