Laurence Feraud, noted winemaker and owner of Domaine Pegau in Chateauneuf du Pape, produces Cotes du Rhone wines from a 100+ acre estate she bought in Sorgues, very close to the CdP appellation. All of the wines are excellent, approaching Chateauneuf du Pape quality.
Cuvee Lone is a blend of Clairette (40%), Bourbolenc (30%), Grenache Blanc (20%) and Ugni Blanc (10%), all from vines that are 50-year-old vines. Laurence calls for drinking it in the first year after bottling, and, by those standards, this wine is long past its due date...but still very good. I smell flowers, melons and ripe pears. Broad flavors, full and rich with subtleties that emerge after a few minutes. It's really a wine that begs to be studied but it's still fresh enough to be enjoyed on the deck on a warm summer evening.