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95-100% Roussanne (1977), 0-5% Marsanne (1982), fermented, raised 30% new, 35% 1-year, 35% 2-year 228-litre oak casks 12 months, lees stirring during vinification, malo completed, first wine 1997, organic wine, 1,500-3,000 b

2016 ()

yellow colour. Has honey-lime airs, gives a careful show today, is on toasting, is buttery, is still in the cellar. This has a redondo, shapely richness, a fleshy orb of content, some succulence in a squeezy finale. It’s not showing a lot of definition. The flavour involves grape essence, quince, white peach, honey. There is some late acidity to give salty moments there. A fine wine will emerge served in a large glass. It drifts just a bit after half way. 13.5°. 1,500 b. Bottled Oct 2017. Leave until spring 2020. 2026-27 March 2018

2007 ()

full, bright yellow; oak glances across its nose, with honey and grilled toast present, and extra depth from a lingering pineapple air. The oak sets the tone for now. The palate's white fruits have a squeezy texture, and a parallel line of more austere oak. The tone here is fat and generous, it is certainly a rich wine. The oak prevails on the finish, where there is late power. Proper sit-down wine for sauced dishes, well thought-out foods. From mid-late 2010. 2017-18 Dec 2008

2006

quite a dark robe; there is oak within the black fruit on the nose – which renders it upright. The palate holds fair early black fruit that is quite clear-cut – it has the grain of its St Jean location – that tension from the granite. It needs leaving until April 2009 – its freshness is correct for the terroir. It is rather austere now, although its richness is here in a moderate register now. Tarry aftertaste. Patience best. 2014-15 Jan 2008

2001 ()

very pretty, oak/spice nose; broad, has rich core. Modern style, clean. Vanilla/oak end, esp 2004-05 on. 2010-11