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93-97% Marsanne (from Chanos, Gervans, Mercurol, Larnage, Crozes-Hermitage), 3-7% Roussanne (from Chanos Curson) from mainly purchased wine, grapes, a little own crop from Larnage, vinified nearby, max 25% 1-2 year oak fermented, 75% vat, raised 6 months, malo completed, first wine 2001, 30-85,000 b

2016

bright yellow robe. Discreet, charming nose – a lucid, appealing Marsanne aroma led by ash smoke, nougat, dried fruits. The palate also extols the virtues of charm, holding a tasty and refined gras richness, with peach and nutty flavours. The length is elegant, precise. This is good. The texture is smooth until the nicely pebbly grain close. Aperitif or table options here. 2023-24 Nov 2017

2015

pale yellow colour. Orange blossom, a light air of bitter, stewed white fruits appear on the nose, the emphasis on elegance. The palate moves serenely, with some cut in the white fruits, dried fruits later on. The finish is clear, fresh, holds back a little. The nose is airborne, the palate could be deeper. It’s not very memorable. 13°. 95% Mars, 5% Rouss. 30,000 b. 2021-22 June 2017

2014 ()

bright yellow. The nose has a salted top air, greengage plum and peach below, with a good line of aniseed lending cut. This is still tight on the palate, holds a comfortable gras richness, a fleshy white fruits compote with a later note of tang, ginger. It drinks with grace, has an easy appeal. There is quiet lift with precise acidity on the end. Decant this at first, until 2017. 13°. 2021-22 Oct 2015

2013 ()

yellow colour. The bouquet is just on the back foot – there is a subdued Marsanne air of apricot and hazelnut, vanilla pod. This attacks well on a lissom texture, and presents a flavour that resembles peach-nectarine compote, with a nutty, small grip finale. It has inner body on the palate, some strength. To 2020  Oct 2015

2012

yellow robe, some darkness. White strawberry, flowers feature in an attractive nose; decanting will help it. This is ripe, round, works more on a very smooth texture than on clear definition. Hazelnut lies snugly on the finish, where there is a little Marsanne grip and squeeze. This drinks roundly now. 13°. To 2018  Oct 2015

2011

medium yellow. Has a prominent hazelnut air with a sparky cut in it, light buttercup and honeysuckle floral airs, ginger. The palate mixes flan, cooked banana and shows plenty of grip. It has a run of steel through it, ends cleanly, with a nice, fresh linger on the aftertaste. 13°. Under 40,000 b this year. Bottled one year ago. 2016-17  May 2013

2010 ()

2 parts to this, to be bottled Feb 2012 – 1) vat portion from Larnage, 1/3 of the wine, has been fined: *** medium yellow; rather fat hazelnut aroma, spreads well. Immediate gras on the palate, has a rolling fat, with fine late grip. It ends quietly, plenty in this, though. 7-8 years. 2) this is 2/3 of the wine and is made up of 1/3 1-year oak, 2/3 vat, has not been fined: ***(*) full yellow colour; apricot, wide air, rich white jam and a light nut presence in the bouquet. The palate is also rich, with fine pedigree and a complete, made to live style. This can live thanks to its richness. Slightly saline ending, a nice, cool finale. 2019-20 Dec 2011

2009 ()

3 parts to this, about to be bottled – 1) “rich, gras”, 2) “straight, mineral” 3) “oak” 1) *** all steel vat, this from Gervans, northern zone: wide, expressive nose, honey and acacia aromas. Full, good palate – white stone fruits that are full and also fragrant, has good fat, heart, and a lingering honeyed aftertaste. 2) from Chanos Curson, the most Roussanne in this part **(*) quite yellow colour; appley, tight aroma, with zing in the fruit. The palate has a fresh, easy run, is easy to drink, is mineral, nutty. Has a pebbly, solid end. 3) from Crozes-Hermitage, Gervans, Mercurol, 1 year oak cask ***(*) honeyed, wide, close-knit nose with oak evident. The palate has a certain sophistication, with oak inside it, is interesting. OVERALL ***(*) this is a definite runner, is good and classy, all three parts have good length. Food will be great with this, and it can live 6-8 years. Successful vintage. July 2010

2007 ()

tender, buttery nose with some spice and dried fruits clarity. The palate starts off nice and roundly, the mid-palate is secure, the end pretty, with real Marsanne grip and good typicity. A wisp of late heat in this. 2011-12 Dec 2008

2006

dumb bouquet – there are dried fruits within but are not evident today: there is some light spice with a peach air. The dried fruits impression reoccurs on the palate, in the form of white fruits with a little nuttiness. The texture is quite rich, and later on grips and tightens. A hidden wine today: needs food and a little time. From late 2008. 2 year oak used this year. 2013-15 Jan 2008

2005 ()

softly scented. Peach flavour on the palate with a little late nut – is rather fleeting, the length is OK. Has a fresh finish. Easy drinking. I prefer the nose to the palate. Bottled April 2006. Dec 2006 “We are not fans of the Les Chassis plain area, so this comes from Larnage, Mercurol and Gervans in the northern area.”

2004 ()

honey, dried fruits aroma that floats nicely. Full attack, softens in mid-palate, good length. Salty aftertaste. Food wine. 2010 April 2006

2003 ()

floral, pretty bouquet, good content. Rich, nicely oily palate, almond nuts in middle, sound length. More open by 2005-06, a food, not aperitif wine. To 2011-13

2001

golden, bonbon nose; apricot, apple tart, boiled sweets flavour. Quite ripe, spiced end. Touch of oak.