(2019) This vineyard planted in 1985. Made in second and third-fill barrels which had been used as new barrels for Chardonnay. Nice hint of toast and biscuit dough on the nose, butter and lemons. In the mouth a crisp, juicy but ripe apple fruit and acidity, stays quite fat and opulent.
(2019) Only four barrels made, all new French oak, only free-run juice and from a single vineyard. The oak is quite delicate on the aroma, lemon and orange rind and creamy almond. The palate has a lovely structure, a real firmness to the fruit, though there is that hint of toast, it is fresh and strictly defined. No UK stockists at time of review.
(2019) 100% Chenin, fermented in 500-litre barrels using both wild and commercial yeast, on the lees in oak, for a total of eight months. Quite fragrant and creamy, with a lovely palate weight and texture, it has a rolling, quite fat fruitiness, but is smooth and generous and finishes well. This should be with Boutinot in the UK from mid-2019.
(2019) Made from Clairette Blanche, planted in 1977. Only one barrel produced, fermented and aged for a total of around nine months, most of it on the lees. Has quite a funky, wild yeast character, though it is inoculated. Leesy and rich, a touch earthy. The palate has great juiciness, a bold limey fruit, good sweetness, and finishes with tight, apple core dry acidity.
(2019) From 36- and 40-year-old vineyards. Partly barrel-fermented, with eight months in oak. Nice greengage and fig notes, plenty of toast and nuttiness, a real juicy rich seam of fruit on this though, touching into mango and peach, and good length. No UK retail listing at time of review.
(2019) From a 35-year-old block, 40% whole bunch fermented in French barrels, 20% new. Refined creaminess here, a touch of creamy apple and lemon, quite Chardonnay-like. The palate has a surge of fruit sweetness, good weight and texture, the oak then presenting a nice almond and crushed oatmeal character, with a sweet finish. Only 1,500 bottles produced and no UK retail listing at time of review.
(2019) Spices and toast, from second-fill French oak, a little peachy and pear character, with a lean lime and lemon fruit, a saline character too, the acidity well balanced, and a nice dry, pithy element without being aggressively dry. Long and well-balanced. 1,000 bottles produced, no UK retailer at time of review.
(2019) First wine made in barrel, French oak, but older barrels. Subtle apple and cream, a soft lemon curd note and some spice. There is a flood of confit lemon and sweet fruit here, moving into nectarine, with a long finish, balanced by good clean acidity, a twist of saltiness.
(2019) Grown on shale and aged in foudre with natural ferment, with a little Hungarian oak barriques. Youthful green-tinged wine, with a bold apple fruited nose, clear and nicely pitched open and refined style, a spangle fruit brightness. The palate is beautifully fruited, a lovely creamy and supple style, the ripe fruit sweetness balanced against delightful fresh acidity, oak just warming he finish.
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