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The Wines

25-70% Marsanne, 20-70% Roussanne, 0-25% Grenache gris (2012), 0-25% Grenache blanc, 0-25% Viognier, 0-5% Clairette blanche on clay-limestone soils, crop cooled at 8°C, 33% large 3 hl tronconic oak barrel, 33% amphora fermented, 33% 9 year 600-litre oak cask fermented, raised 7 months, malo blocked, filtered, can be issued as Côtes du Rhône or Villages, 1,800-4,000 b

2016 ()

Villages, and a varied blend this year: 50% Grenache gris & Roussanne, 40% Marsanne, 5% Clairette blanche, 5% Viognier, sounds like Robert was having fun. In reality, the Gren gris usually goes into the Vin Doux Naturel, but the 2015 is still in stock, so no 2016 was made: full yellow colour. Has a rich, white-fruited nose, peach-grapey-nectarine, mango, some smoke-toast. The palate offers an enveloping ball of gras richness, a smooth, oily texture. This is table wine. Peach and quince appear on the close, light grip with liquid honey. It has a little intricacy, nudges of flavours of dried fruits as it goes. Has character. 13.5°. To 2021 Oct 2017

2015 ()

Villages wine this year: 2 bottles tasted, 1st is corked. Bottle 2: bright, pale yellow, attractive robe. The nose assembles peach, spring flowers, pear fruit, greengage, quince plums. This is enjoyable, right on the button, comes with soft gras and beau white fruit, light grip, delightful. This will give good drinking à table – noodles, steamed dishes, is serene and fresh. The 2016 is more weighty. 13.5°. To 2020 Oct 2017

2014

Villages this year: yellow, quite shiny robe. The nose has a pear aroma with a low-key nuttiness. The palate holds rounded, nicely coated matter, white stone fruit present, ending on a note of aniseed grip. Lucid and clean drinking. 13.5°. 70% Rouss, 30% Mars. 1,800 b. €6.48 export. To 2017  Apr 2015

2012 ()

yellow robe; breeze, saltiness, peach notes, good energy in the nose, with greengage plum and spice. There is carbonic gas and its buzz on the attack; this broadens on steady gras richness, the flavour nutty, still reserved. The finish is solid. Aniseed and compote fruits are present, but it is still wrapped in on itself. Decant this. 14°. 2017-18 Nov 2013

2011

shiny, pale yellow. Cooked apple, peach and pear drift across the nose, which has a spice, varnish note, goes zap. The palate has enough content and depth for food; the attack is granular, and is tight, lacks real freedom and flow. There is a small spot of gras on the aftertaste. Better from autumn 2012. To 2015. 50% Marsanne, 50% Roussanne this year. May 2012

2010

pale yellow; has a honey-apricot aroma with local touches – herbs - and nutty notes – a solid start, also pepper and spice. The palate is full, assertive, has citrus in it, holds fat, is unctuous but never static. It plays to ripe southern strengths, is pretty long, although the 14.5° is high. To 2015 May 2012

2009 ()

glinting yellow, pale straw colour; oak-varnish airs, wax in them, has a salty backdrop, fruit is a secondary show for now, with spice dominating. Pear fruit from the Viognier is the main flavour, but there is abundant oak around it which stamps it – oak and Viognier are the front runners. It ends cleanly and clearly. I cannot recommend this young unless you lap up oak – so drink from late 2011. 14°. To 2016. Sept 2010

2007

steady pale yellow. Fresh, lime-inspired aroma, orange peel and bergamot here – this is attractive. Viognier muscles in on the palate, provides pear at its heart, jam of white fruits. Fair power along the palate, definite body. Ends in a composed way. The length is OK. The palate is heavier than the nose. 14°. Now to 2012. March 2010