(2019) From 30-year-old vines, fermented and aged 20 months in French oak, 50% new, lees stirred to get creaminess. There’s a little exotic fruit character here as well as the creamy oatmeal of the barrel and lees. 4.5g/l of RS, makes it approachable and easy to drink, but good acid balance. No UK retailers at time of review.
(2019) This has 8% Muscat de Alexandre in the blend and is late harvested with a little botrytis, vines 30- to 45-years-old. It is made in stainless steel and has 91.3g/l of residual sugar. Oranges and lemons, and a creamy texture, medium-sweet, but rich, with loads of preserved fruit concentration and that slight smokiness. Quite long with good acid balance. Not in the UK at time of review.
(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) All five Bordeaux varieties, but half of the blend made up of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Barrel aged. A nice bold fruit character, a spice and cedar note to the blackcurrant fruit, well-handled oak, a wine with a chocolate-rich element and good plushness, a long fruity and spicy finish. No UK retailer at time of review.