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100% Viognier (1995) from sand over silt soils at Montfaucon, fermented 85% vat at 16-18°C, 15% 2-10 year 228-litre oak casks, raised 6-7 months, malo blocked, no lees stirring, “we have enough softness without lees stirring, aim is for freshness so the wine is good for the aperitif, or food such as salads”, 9,000 b

2012

yellow robe. Pear, waxen, oily, full nose that is ample and ripe. It shows ripe, rolling Viognier, spots of honey, and is a real winner. The palate is similar – it presents a full flavour, tastes of pear and cooked apple, carries a light grain tannin at the end, closing firmly. The finish is waxen, and has the grip of 2012. 13°. “I harvested the crop on 22 August this year to avoid going up to 13.5°,” Rodolphe de Pins. Bottled 2 months ago. To 2015-16.  May 2013

2011

wee apricot in a pale yellow robe. Has a honeyed-beeswax air, soft pear fruit beside it, shows a floral grace. The palate has settled well, has elegant fruit, and builds some power towards the finish, ends with depth and grip in a rather tenacious way. The acidity is fine. It needs food, since it has steel and grip in it. It is almost closing down now. “It is more intense than the 2012,” Rodolphe de Pins. 13.5°. €8.50 at the cellars. 2016. May 2013

2010

fullish yellow; pear-flan notes in a rather sunny nose, tiny amount of spice in it. The palate has a gourmand nature, but is also free running. This is a lovely aperitif. It finishes roundly, is very good. “The sand lends it elegance,” Rodolphe de Pins. Bottled 2 days ago, all set to go. 2014-15. March 2011

2009

pale yellow. Baked pear fruit, barley sugar aroma – has a good and varied nose that sets it up well. The palate delivers baked fruit, white jam flavouring, has quince notes. This drinks well solo. “I would drink this as an aperitif for sure, but also with grilled fish, exotic salads including coriander and ginger, shrimps, asparagus,” R de Pins. 13.5°. To 2012. June 2010

2008 ()

steady yellow. The nose resembles baked bread, fine buttery aroma with fruits such as gooseberry and pear drops. It has evolved a little, but is compact now. The palate is also tight, so decant this. Flavour of rowanberry jam, rhubarb on the finish. Length is good. 2016-17 June 2010

2005

varnish, pear, but rather strange nose. Fair fruit on the palate – more grip here. The length is OK, but tends on a slight burnt note. March 2007