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100% Marsanne (early 1980s) from Chabot at Tournon, southern zone, 50% steel vat, 50% 600-litre oak cask fermented, wild yeasts, lees stirred 4 weeks, 600-litre oak cask raised 7 months on lees, then steel vat 2 months


yellow robe. The nose gives a pear, soft flowers aroma – it is an airborne bouquet with a light air of liquid honey. After a slightly hesitant start, the palate is medium weight, has a trim freshness, and runs with restraint. A polished St Jo blanc, with the aperitif just about possible given its accessible content. 13.5°. 2022-23  Jan 2015