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Viognier (2004) from decomposed granite above hard rock at Brunieux, highest vineyards at 360 metres, SO2 of max 2 gm/hl applied at pressing, fermented, aged 95% steel vat, 5% 228-litre oak cask, raised 6 months, malo usually completed (not in 2016), filtered, 700-800 b

2016

yellow colour. Pear, pear skin comes with restraint on the nose, an undercurrent of apricot. The palate delivers salted touches off the bat, and there’s a good style in the gras, is suave, before a more dried fruits finale. The finish is a bit disorderly. Decant this. The close is on dried fruits and a gummy texture. 12.5°. €12.40 at the cellars. To 2020 Nov 2017

2009

(cask) ripe, rather full nose. The interior is rich, the length sound. “The Viognier only gave around 27-28 hl/ha this year – the leaves were yellow from the drought,” J-P Monier. 13°. To 2011-12 Dec 2009