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100% Marsanne from galet stone clay soils on a south facing slope, cold 24 hr decantation after whole bunch pressing, 80-100% vat, 0-20% 1-2-3 year oak, fermented, raised 7-8 months (down from 10-12 months into early 2010s), lees stirred, malo completed, organic wine

2016

has a correct yellow robe. Peach, soft flowers, nuttiness combine on the nose, which has a soft fragrance, a light citrus note. The palate is soft and nicely proportioned, all rolled up in a ball of easy, fleshy content. It’s a wee bit short, as it concentrates its depth forward and mid-palate. There is a fine ginger touch on the close. 13°. To 2021 Feb 2018

2015 ()

full yellow robe. The bouquet transfers from the robe in being very ripe, with a plunge of white fruits, white peach, greengage and apricot present. The palate is firm on the attack, close-knit, has an infused tea, tilleul presence with a savoury gras in a lip-smacking finale. There is a little carbonic gas giving it mid to late-palate pep. It’s not yet settled down, so leave until spring 2017. 12.5°. 2021-22 Oct 2016

2014

shiny yellow robe. The nose gives a soft aroma led by peach fruit, with a little note of cut via aniseed-licorice, lime. The palate runs steadily, with a compote of white fruits at its centre. There is a lightly nutty finale. Sound white Crozes, but just a bit on the light side. 13°. €17. To 2019  Oct 2015 

2012 ()

even yellow colour; this has a very Marsanne air – it is strong on the hazelnut, vanilla, with a run of Montelimar nougat. The palate is quietly stylish, perhaps a little too airborne. Its features are precise, the fruit clear, a wine that leans towards the aperitif in style. It ends discreetly, roundly, a little grip. A bit dumb, but can develop, so decant. The length is sound. Shows the presence of carbonic gas. From late 2014. 2019-20  Nov 2013

2011 ()

medium yellow, oily aspect. Lime, tilleul or linden, iodine airs here – the low key notes of spring; acacia flowers and white raisin add interest. Glazed fruits and hazelnut also come in a wide setting. The palate is interestingly full, nothing overdone. Good depth, has a white jam flavour and a sprightly acidity emerges after half way. It draws to a steady, compact conclusion, has a baked orange aftertaste. Fine-featured Marsanne lies at its centre. 12.5°. To 2018.  Nov 2012

2010 ()

rich aspect to quite a full yellow; nut, brioche bread, smoky air – the nose is good and sustained, has agreeable floral touches. The palate has finesse within its power and solid matter. Light touch wine in its later stages – it expresses itself freely, and shows good acidity and clarity on the finale. Attractive, has good balance, and attractive, fresh length. 12.5°. To 2016 June 2011

2009 ()

the yellow robe is full; there is a build-up of exotic fruit as it evolves, but overall the bouquet is a bit dumb at present, dusty. The palate has a meaty style – there is a thorough heart here. It emerges on an apricot note on the finish, with a customary Marsanne tang. The acidity is correct, so this can live well. There are fine moments towards the finish; I find the Petite Ruche 2009 more obviously robust. 12.5°. 2019-20 June 2011

2005

(vat portion) fennel, aniseed aroma. Scented boiled sweets flavour, peach on aftertaste, good content, rounded finale. Agreeable for early drinking. Dec 2005

2004 ()

yellow colour; ripe fruit aroma, taken to lengths to emerge buttery. Rounded, low acidity wine, with a clean, agreeable finish. The mid-palate holds some mineral, then comes a little chewiness on the finale. Good example of Marsanne, I like the clarity on the finish. Simply sauced fish, more considered cooking deserves to be served with this. Dec 2005

2003

crème patisserie/flan, bonbon. Ripe Marsanne fullness on palate, solid texture. Fair breadth, touch of kirsch on finale. Has volume, not heavy though. Flan effect on finish. Food wine. 2011-13

2002

quite high tone/varnish bouquet: exposure to air clears it, but it is not very full. There is a steely side to the palate, crisp white fruit, some end width. No great grip. 2010-11

2001

suave toast/fruit aromas; fair grip, white fruit/dried fruits palate. Correctly tight on finish. Esp 2005-06 on. 2011-12

2000

broad tropical fruit aroma; quite sappy white fruit, some restraint at end, sinew and dried fruits. Full. 2007-08

1999

some mineral, light honey/nut nose; light peach, fair grip, nice end fullness. 2007-08

1998 ()

now has exotic fruit/cheese aroma, was floral; fair flavour, tiring a little. Quite light finish. Early wine.