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The Wines

55-60% Marsanne, 25-30% Viognier, 5-12% Roussanne, 4-8% Grenache blanc (2003/04-2007-2010) from clay-lime soils at 300/350 metres on the plateau at Bonnivière, includes Cognet & Le Plomb, fermented, raised 50% fibre glass vat, 40% 1-8 year 300-litre oak casks, 10% new 300-litre oak casks 11 months, malo completed, first wine 2004, up to 6,000 b

2016

½ bottle: pale yellow. Notably joli bouquet, a real ping of clarity and lift, bright pear fruit. There’s style in the palate gras, is easy and soft, shows a small flavour of aniseed, with almond, gunflint and good ginger snap. It closes with Marsanne grip. This is beau. Bottled July 2017. 60% Mars, 30% Vio, 6% Rouss, 4% Gren bl. €15 here at the cellars. To 2021 Nov 2017

2015 ()

1) (Marsanne, 2010) ***(*) flinty pale robe. Salt, dried fruits, crème patisserie, light lime airs show on the nose. There is a good squeeze of gras on the palate, with a genuine thread of freshness. This holds stylish gras. This was the first variety harvested – 28-30 Aug. 12.5°. 6-7 years. 2) Grenache blanc (2000-2005, the last variety harvested, with 3% Viognier, steel vat) ***(*) pale yellow. Compote of white fruits, lime, cooked pear are present on the nose. This has a bold strike on the attack, will give good heart to the final wine – the mid-palate holds good content. It runs well to the finish. 7 years. 3) Viognier (2007, schist, cask) ***(*) yellow with green tints. Pear, pear skin aroma, smoke in a nose that has good lift. This is grippy, tight, closed. It is good and profound, is clear, has sealed depth, really good length, is very persistent. 5 years. OVERALL ***(*) certainly an above average vintage with proper depth and length. Table over aperitif, no doubt. 2021-22 Apr 2016

2014 ()

½ bottle, bottled Sept 2015: yellow colour. Has a cosy, rounded, good style bouquet, gives a pear and apricot exuberance. The palate has a tasty start, a saline finale. The flavour centres on white fruits, peach, nectarine near the stone. It has quiet late grip, and holds plenty of gras richness for la table. This has character. 12.5°. “It is an aromatic year, with freshness from the Marsanne,” Jean-Paul Jamet. This will drink well with sauced dishes, chicken, vegetarian spaghetti.  To 2019 Dec 2015

2013 ()

1/2 bottle, bottled Sept 2014: yellow robe. The nose is swirling, open, has a winning freshness, along with glazed fruits, hazelnut, pear syrup, cooked orange. The palate is well textured and nicely fat, even copious – this is a very good Côtes du Rhône, its body above average. It knuckles down and produces a salted, close-knit finish. More richness has been delivered on this than usual. There is a tiny note of oak/vanilla at the end. Good with asparagus, trout. Only 2,500 b this year. 50% Marsanne, 30% Viognier, 10% Grenache blanc, 10% Roussanne this year, after a very small crop in the low 20’s hl/ha – a mix of poor budding and coulure (flowers not converting into fruit). To 2020  Apr 2015

2012

1/2 bottle, bottled Sept 2013: pale yellow. Has an aroma of apple and pear, a fat sheen across its bows, a light note of spice. The palate is fat but also fluid on the attack, slides along nicely, with joli gras on offer. Very much a table wine for vegetarian pastas, risottos. Has nice droplets of acidity, so ends with discreet clarity. It is helped by the Marsanne. Very solid quality, a well blended wine, with the different varieties working well together. The Viognier shows more on the nose than the palate, the Marsanne influences the palate, which is a good do. 2020-21  Nov 2013

2011 ()

1/2 bottle, bottling 1 month ago: mild yellow; has a big, white jam aroma, a lot on offer, with an oak-toast-vanilla backdrop, and a live, greengage plum presence. The attack has grip, “steel”, brings a taste of fat, cooked pear, then dried fruits, ending on a bonny curl of honey and hazelnut – it is round but firm there, with a good Marsanne tang on the aftertaste. Interesting – it combines the elegance of the Roussanne with the grip of the Marsanne and the fat of the Viognier. Good with roast chicken, cold meats, soft cheeses. 12.7°. 2019-20. “There is not a large, fat matter, but it has the freshness I seek,” J-P Jamet.  Oct 2012

2009

½ bottle: pale yellow; broad bouquet that mixes apricot and butter, light toast and brioche, is well orderly. Likeable weight of fruit on the palate, comes with fine later stages, drinks comfortably solo. Correct length, has grip, too. It is marked by the richness of the vintage. To 2015. Nov 2010

2007

(half bottle) mild yellow robe; Viognier is in the front rank of the bouquet, has banana, wax, baked pear notes, with a glance of spice and mandarin tang. The palate has a fat, ample nature – the flavour is pear, baked fruits. It has a reserve and a drier texture than a pure Viognier – the nose shows the Viognier more than the palate. The Marsanne aids the finish, and provides grip there. Food best – salads, outdoor eating. To 2012. Dec 2008