(2017) A most enjoyable, high-end white from the Languedoc, it is made from low-yielding Roussanne, with dashes of Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul, fermented and aged in French oak barrels from the Vosges forests. A powerful wine, it opens with plenty of oak on display, toasty and creamy, but also with nice hay and light chalky earth, and a substantial apricot and yellow plum fruit. Intense and powerful on the palate too, there's abundant fruit sweetness, but a driving core of acidity and that alcohol too, to give it a bit of extra definition. Not overblown in any way, but a touch less alcohol would have raised its score a point or two for me.
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