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50% early 1900s Marsanne, 50% mid-1970s Roussanne from La Côte & Beylesse, Marsanne fermented, raised 2-3 year Allier, Tronçais & Jupille oak casks 11 months, Roussanne fermented, raised 50% new, 50% 1-2 year Allier, Tronçais & Jupille oak casks 11-12 months, malo completed, filtered, first wine as Vieilles Vignes 2006, 3-3,500 b

2014

full yellow robe, legs visible. The nose has a toasted first air, a lucid backdrop, zesty airs all round, pear and nut aromas mixing in. There is a touch of reduction. The palate offers cosy gras, you bet! This is real old vines, sap of old vines elegance and class. You can’t create this in the cellar. It is very stylish, gives the palate a most enjoyable caress. Mirabelle plum notes precede dried fruits, quince-peach on the close, which grips well. 13°. 2027-28  July 2016

2011

medium depth yellow, a little green in it. The nose is reserved but attractive, shows cooked pear, toast, brioche, lemon tart, a drift of hazelnut. This needs decanting – it is in transition towards a more mature second phase, so it is subdued. It will be more open around the second half of 2013. Its flavour is led by lime, notes of nougat and moments of light gras richness behind. Reliable, but has few bells and whistles to stir me. 13°. To 2018  Nov 2012

2010 ()

mild yellow, legs down the glass. Has an oaked aroma, with a rich, glycerol-laden backing – there are also notes of peanut butter, spice and hazelnut. The palate has an enveloping attack – there is a wave of fat texture with the emergence of grain and nut as it nears the finish. This has hardly got going – leave it until spring 2013. It makes its point from its width and suggestive fleshiness. I would wait until it is older, clearer and less stuck together. Decant this. 14°. 2020-21 Nov 2011

2009 ()

bright, pale yellow; muscular-style, broad bouquet – the front reflects honeycomb, a vanilla trail picks up behind. There is definite power within, and it combines the Saint-Péray mineral with fat, rich airs, good Marsanne expression. The palate spreads out well – this is a wine of serious intent, one that is full and persistent. It ends firmly and well. It is very generous across the palate, and is really good, with its richness taking up the oaking that only emerges in the later stages. Class act – body, refinement and balance. One of the best Saint-Pérays of recent times. 2019-20 July 2010

2002

95% Marsanne, 5% Roussanne. Note - no 2003 or 2004 produced.

2001 ()

very typical bouquet - floral, with northern zone grip, some green pepper. Air develops a more brewed character, a nicely drawn earthiness. Firm, mineral-tinged flavour, holds tight, almost lean black fruit. Needs till 2007 to absorb its tannins, I wonder if more flesh will come as it ages. With air, the palate shows a mix of berry fruit and oak. 2013-15 November 2005