Two grape varieties that offered for their freshness in a blend and are rarely combined in this way. Texier applies bush pruning for more shade and an early harvest to safeguard the freshness. A well-considered strategy to provide an attractive alternative to the too many block buster Châteauneufs that are produced elsewhere.
The nose offers ripe yellow fruits, almond blossom, dairy and herbal tea. In the mouth brisk as wel as ripe fruit (melon, pear), fresh almonds and lime blossom. The middle is still one-dimensional (fruit), offering an interesting tension, is slightly fat but shows freshness as well. Beside white-yellow fruit in the finale we find roasted hazelnuts, white peper and minerality. This vintage needs time to develop and has great aging potential. [April 2019]
Eric Texier: It’s approachable now,” says Eric, “but will age remarkably. The 2016 shows complex aromas of almond, dried pear, wet stone, white flowers and fines herbes. The palate is intense and mineral with fabulous length, showing dried herbs, pear, anise, white pepper and stone flavors. “