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50% Marsanne (1988), 50% Roussanne (1985), 24-48 hr cool decantation post pressing, fermented separately in 80% 2-6 year 600-litre oak cask (rising), 20% 2-6 year 228-litre oak cask (falling), raised 2-6 year 228-litre & 600-litre oak casks 12 months, then assembled, then 1 month vat, malo completed, 10 mg SO2 post malo, 10 mg SO2 at bottling, 1,800-2,500 b

2016 ()

pale yellow colour. The nose is subdued, waiting, has airs of dried fruits, aniseed, roast nuts. The palate is a sinewed affair, holds tight white fruits, shows menthol towards the finish, infused tea. It has quiet body, needs to open. Leave until spring 2019, decanting advised. 12.5°. €21. 2025-26 Feb 2018

2012

yellow robe. The nose is evolving, on the classic mature N Rhône of damp wool, along with nuts, hazelnut paste, has interest. The palate flirts with oxidative flavours, delivers a firm run into the finish. The length is good, there’s quiet persistence, with cooked citrus on the close. It has a fresh thread. I find a wee Savagnin of Jura connection. Will be great with mushrooms. 14.5° - markedly higher than the 2016. “I only applied SO2 at blending, before bottling, in those days,” Jean Delobre. To 2022 Feb 2018

2008

bottled yesterday. Steady yellow robe. Jam, stewed apple, white fruits aroma, also lees, power entrenched, has a salty Roussanne influence. The palate grips tightly at the start, the flavour hazelnut, dried fruits. It is firm – shows a line of tannin late on. A structured wine thanks to the Roussanne, with a good, clear end. Has body, character. Would be good with mushroom risotto, or “grilled fish” (Jean Delobre). €18, not that cheap. 2014-15 Dec 2009

2002 ()

(cask) good texture, nutty, decent matter. Fair style. Raised 12 months