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100% Marsanne (early 2000s) from galet stone, clay-limestone soils at Beaumont-Monteux, Pont de l’Isère, Mercurol, all purchased wine, steel vat fermented, raised 7 months, malo partly blocked, filtered, 10,000 b

2017 ()

1) (fibre glass vat, from Beaumont Monteux, Pont de l’Isère, bottling April 2018) *** yellow robe. Has a directly fat aroma, cooked pear, peach, musky flowers, cooked lemon. The palate delivers steady gras richness, has roll in it, with a fresh spurt towards the finish, which grips, with late salt. This gives joli drinking, solo OK. 12.8°. To 2021 2) ***(*) (steel vat, from Mercurol, the second part) yellow colour. The nose has a serene style, gives pear, aniseed, greengage plum, has more cut than the first part. The palate works well on a direct thread, has a burst of tight salt at the end. There is good, immediate freshness, and will provide nerve for the first part. The blend will work well together, raising it to ***(*). To 2022 March 2018

2015 ()

yellow robe. The nose glides with an air of honeycomb, light peach, apricot, cigar smoke and lemon. It’s an interesting start. The palate is tightly bundled together, has good verve and genuine gras, with a well judged balance. This has good detail, and nice inner content. It drinks well now, a note of guava jelly, papaya on the close. 2019-20 Oct 2016

2012

fine yellow, wee green tinted robe. There is a strike of licorice, with candy notes, on the bouquet, also white greengage plum – it has a fresh skip in its tail, shows Marsanne life. The debut is pretty polished, then there is a slight taper of flavour; it has a little gras richness and low-key lime notes that are pleasant. An easy, mild Crozes-Hermitage blanc. Drink now. 13°. €13 at the cellars, €7 export. To 2017  Nov 2013

2011 ()

pale, shiny yellow. The bouquet has a gentle, floral debut, gives the drinker a wave of lime, light tones of salt. The palate is restrained – this is made for early and easy drinking. It has a soft white fruit jam flavour with pear, cooked apple at its heart. Simple wine, can do the aperitif. It ends rather tamely - its content fades there. 13°. 2015-16  Nov 2012

2009

pale yellow; smoky, tight-knit nose that assembles pear-banana, nuttiness. Fleshy, squeezy-easy palate – it is drinkable now in a soft, well-mannered way. Does not quite light the fire – plays it safe, is a shade commercial. To 2013. July 2010