I received both of these bottles as tasting samples. The etstate is located in Durban in Languedoc-Roussillon and produce an array of wines - see more info here.
2012 Château Haut-Gléon (white)
This young wine from the south of France has a salivating nose with notes of white peaches, summer flowers, hand cream, candied lemons and wet stones. The cepage consist of 70% Roussanne, 20% Grenache Blanc and 10% Marsanne. It has seen 6 months inside new barrels and there is a hint of milk chocolate fudge that adds dimensions to the fine nose.
The taste is young, fresh and juicy with notes of grilled lemons, dried honey, peaches and a fine oilcloth note. There is a silky texture supported by a fine acidity. Easy to gulp down yet with a fine character and some complexity.
89p (tasted 2014/05)
2008 Château Haut-Gléon (red)
The slightly older red version displays a warm, smoky, fine nose with notes of spicy blueberries, resin, bay leaves, veal meat and a touch of bonfire. There is also a touch of dog fur here. A medium depth. A fine balance. This is good.
The taste is younger than the nose leads me to believe, with notes of blueberries, rosehips, balsa wood, wood smoke and a fine peppery note. The cepage is 45% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 25% Carignan V.V. The finish is medium long with a fine note of fried rosemary. Very, very good. Drinkable now but I would guess that it could be cellared for 8+ years.
90p (tasted 2014/05)