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30-33% made up of Marsanne from clay-limestone granite terraces on 0.25 hectare on Les Blâches (65% 1940s, 35% 1990), 67-70% made up of 70% Marsanne (2010), 30% Roussanne (2009) from clay-granite, S facing soils on Le Pouzat which included since 2014, total is 80% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne, concrete/steel vat fermented at 16°-18°C, raised 67% concrete vat, 33% 5-year old 11-12 hl barrel 7 months, malo completed, “drink from 2 to 4 years’ old”, has risen from 800-1,000 to 5,000 b

2017

shiny yellow colour; the nose is tangy, on a hazelnut-ginger theme, presents a muscled start. Air and a little warmth bring out tangerine and apricot. The palate is rich, oily, sustained, de la terre, suited to sauced dishes such as ris de veau [sweetbreads]. It has a red wine form, good late grip. The flavour is tangy, nutty, on dried fruits, tilleul (linden). It’s a hearty wine, juicy, wholesome, ends on some Marsanne bitter, with glow on the aftertaste. As it airs and warms, it becomes more coherent, on fat, but retains its late grip. “We only had enough wine for two small foudres this year. I think the strength, alcohol, can lessen, and the granite can come through,” Olivier Clape. 14°. 2027-28 Dec 2018

2016

shiny yellow. Has a honey-grapey aroma, apricot prominent. The palate starts briskly, supported by easy gras, is still in on itself from bottling on 25 Aug 2017. It gives a salted, tight stretch on the finish. The flavours rest on nuts, hazelnut, nougat, peach, dried fruits. This is stern for now. Decant it. 13.5°. From spring 2018. 2023-24 Nov 2017

2015

yellow robe. Mandarin-lime, peach and honey feature in a racy, joli bouquet, cooked lemon also. This has lime, hazelnut, lemon flavours, freshness and ginger towards the finish, an oily flash of texture there as well. This is juicy and fulfilling, has a salted clarity, good length. It’s delightful, decisive, mineral, w.o.w. wine with good lift on the close. The length is good. 13.5°. 4,000 b. 2020-21 Oct 2016 Previously April 2016 **** (taken from 67% concrete vat, 33% 12 hl barrel, bottling end June 2016) yellow robe. The nose is bold, gives airs of dried fruits, lemon and lime. It stands up well. The attack is tasty, and the mid-palate holds genuine gras richness. A compote of fruits with apricot present precedes a tangy finale. This is yum yum wine, fresh and well balanced. It has nerve, and ends coolly. 13.3°. 80% Mars, 20% Rouss. 33 hl/ha. This is now a wine from about 30% old vines, 70% young vines. 2024-25 April 2016

2014

yellow robe; peach, pear, buttery nose which has an attractive early roundness. This is well textured, very enjoyable, has an implicit freshness, from within, solid length, very good poise. This is STGT, real true, traditional Saint-Péray with wind in its sails, fresh and stylish. Under Olivier Clape, this was has been taken to the next level – it is more bright, very stylish, but still good and traditional. 13.5°. 2021-22 Dec 2015

2013 ()

yellow robe. The nose is a lively, rocking affair - it offers air dos peaches and apricots, a light hazelnut and honeycomb backdrop, a note of aniseed. The palate has a crème patisserie-flan interior, fresh fruit on the outside, a flavour of apricot and apsicor skin. It is quite fat, holds a good depth of content, is gras in both matter and texture, along with late grip helping the close. “The Marsanne was a bit too ripe,” Pierre Clape. There is good late glow, marking its roots correctly. Only 800 b because of the coulure, flowers not converting into fruit. Bottled Jun 2014. 2021-23  Jun 2015

2012

mid-depth yellow. Honeysuckle, bonny floral- fennel, vanilla romas with clearer notes of aniseed and ginger -  a great Saint-Péray, STGT bouquet. This is true Marsanne from the granite. The palate holds a soft gras richness, has a debut of cosy white fruit such as peach, with hazelnut stamping the later stages. A good wine for food such as guinea fowl (pintade). The finish is fleshy. This is open, generous, ends on a round, squeezy note. It could be more grippy, lacks a real late impetus. It is a pity that it drops at the end. The attack is good moment. Serve quite chilled. 13°. 2015-16  Dec 2013

2011

bright, full yellow robe with pear skin tints. Has a waxen, broad nose that offers cooked lime and peach airs, honey – an exotic cocktail. The palate gives bold gras richness, glycerol depth, with much smokiness and good Marsanne bite towards the finish. There is ample hazelnut in its flavour. This is proper table wine, great with scrambled eggs and black truffles, for instance. It possesses the virtues of texture and hidden corners, is thickly coated on the palate. 14°. 2018-19  Dec 2015 Previously Oct 2012 ***(*) yellow, quite a rich look. Dried fruits, wax air in a sweet-noted, buttery bouquet that also reflects cooked fruit tart, mandarin. The palate has a very typical Marsanne debut, grippy hazelnut features; it has a gras core, and the flavour lasts well, picking up a flinty note on the finish. Tasty, beau vin. The fruit has a good saline note in it, and the palate bears more fat than usual. 14°. To 2019.  Oct 2012

2010

good, shiny yellow robe. Honey, barley sugar, fruit tart aroma with a touch of mandarin, chestnut and white raisin. The palate is enclosed, needs decanting, is wide. The flavour brings in exotic fruits, and some power is evident. Has a sturdy, grounded finish, with its ripeness dominating it. Lacks a little charm. The aftertaste shows peach, honey again, white raisin, white truffle. Suited to white meats in a wild mushroom, morilles sauce, for instance. The 2011 is better balanced, fresher. “It has not evolved much,” Pierre Clape. 2019-20  Oct 2012

2009

even yellow, primrose tints. Shapely, inviting, honeycomb aroma with stone fruit present, butter. There is a licorice tang, but overall this offers a soft Marsanne expression. Gentle depth on the palate, also length. This gives appealing, well-judged gras richness, has honey and nougat in the flavour, ends roundly, with tannic grip, sound persistence of content. Good poise all through it – a sympa wine, not forced at all. Decant – it is a bit locked up. To 2015. July 2010

2008

flinty robe. Honeyed, breezy nose, white jam such as peach on it. The palate is similar – this flows nicely, has a fresh nature, a pretty little spot of richness. Can gain with time. From spring 2010. 2014-15 Dec 2009

2007 ()

soft yellow robe; wispy butter, rather closed nose, with light honey traces. The palate has a fresh start – it rolls out well, the texture is all entwined, and it ends on hazelnut and grip. There is mystery in this, good. The length is good, it whispers a subtle persistence. Can be left to 2010. STGT wine. To 2015. Dec 2008 Previously Dec 2007 *** (vat example) this is sound, its richness well set, has gras. Ends clearly, towards a mineral cut. Promising. 14°. “It is close to 2006 – its density is similar,” Pierre Clape. Dec 2007

2006 ()

light yellow traces; baked apple aroma, traditional, honey, hazelnut also – is cautious but pretty. The start to the palate is effortlessly rich, and it gets around well, with a genuine local feel, trad school of wine. Has a really good “bark” of nuttiness, extends well, with tangy, white raisin and butterscotch on the finish. Beau vin, faithful to its place, STGT. 2012. Jan 2008 Previously Dec 2007 *** soft white fruit aroma, white fruit tart and a little spice. The palate is comfortably round, the length agreeable; has an aromatic aftertaste, the taste is peach and flowers. This is more knit than the white Côtes du Rhône. Shows some late heat. Elegantly fruited wine, with good length. 14.2°. 2011-12 Dec 2007 Previously June 2007 *** pear, white fruits, rounded aromas in a rather closed bouquet. The palate has some mystery – carries white stone fruits such as peach, apricot, with quince towards the finish. More to come from late 2007. This is a pretty vintage. It is balanced, fresh but with content and holds definite bone. 2014-15. In bottle 6 weeks. June 2007

2005

ripe crop aroma with some life in it that adds lift. Quite ounchy attack, ripe fruit, hazelnut, typical Marsanne. Its richness continues well, with some mineral and the usual Marsanne hint of bitterness. Interesting character. Some end heat - is 13.9 degrees. 2013-14 April 2006

2004 ()

light, floating, honey and flowers aroma with some butter. Palate has passed through its youth already, is rich and after a hazelnut start, there is flan in the mid-palate. Mineral imprint on finish. STGT wine, very true to its place. "Lobster or sole in a cream sauce would be good with this, or sauced chicken," Pierre Clape. 2010-11. April 2006

2003