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100% Marsanne from Chabot at Tournon, southern zone, 1-2 day cooling of crop, 600-litre oak cask fermented, wild yeasts, raised 8 months, lees stirred 5 weeks


shiny yellow robe; the bouquet is appealing, a deft mix of light oak toasting and pear, ginger. It’s a curvy, inviting opening. The palate works very well on its smooth texture, a flowing, restrained run of white fruits, nectarine, with a neat freshness throughout, not too much obvious carbonic gas, and a finish on white plum. It’s a trim, stylish, restrained St Jo blanc, with its precision a front-line benefit. 13.5°. 2024 Dec 2020


bright yellow; Bottle 1: low-key taint. Bottle 2: shiny yellow robe; the bouquet is lightly spiced, has a varnish-oak presence, carries grapey, smoky, white raisin airs. It’s a trifle raw still. The palate is flavoured with crushed white fruits, compote style, with citrus, orange markings, nutty notes on the trail to the finish, dried fruits of apricot there. It’s rather workmanlike, may improve. 13.5°. 2027-28 Nov 2019

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attractive bright yellow robe. The nose is fresh via lime, citrus, candy, pear drop sweets airs, aniseed also, shows low temperature fermentation characteristics. It has brisk Marsanne attributes. This drinks with style, orange-citrus notes mixed with ginger, saltiness. It grips tightly on the finish. There is a carbonic gas thread through it. It’s a tight, decisive St Jo, with a small pocket of gras at its centre. It’s rather too New Wave to be one’s buddy. The aftertaste is clear, with a late flavour of nectarine, peach, pear. 13°. 2022-23 April 2018


yellow robe with a little depth. Has a reserved nose with the potential to come out and vary, put on a good show. There is a convincing oily depth to it, with an aroma of crème patisserie. The palate bears fluid white fruit, with an almond, honey seasoning in the flavour. It is smoothly textured, is quite a streamlined wine all round. 13°. 2020-21  GB £93/6b bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com  Jan 2015


low-key, rich yellow colour. The bouquet is interesting – combines ginger, orange, Bergamot, white tobacco – has an appealing and authentic tang that is truly Marsanne. Has a carbonic gas, near spritz debut on the palate, so that drives through its orange marmalade, stewed fruits flavour. It isn’t totally fused as a result between its richness and freshness. Fundamentally this is rich. Suited to dishes such as sauced foods, traditional cooking. Decant this. From mid-2014. 13.5°. 2019-20  Nov 2013