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The Wines

100% Roussanne (1995) from N/N-E facing red clay, galet stone soils on the high part of Les Opateyres, fermented used 228-litre or 600-litre oak cask, raised 11-12 months, malo completed, “this terroir marked its wines even when the vines were very young”, first wine 2011, 300-800 b

2019

(used 600-litre cask) yellow robe; the nose has substance, grilling, peach, 2019 vintage sun. The palate gives an elegant wave of white fruits, is very well together, good heart notably, dried fruits, pine nuts, style in the gras richness. It goes well long. “It has a lot of vintage tension, energy,” François Ribo. 14-16 years Nov 2019

2015

(used 228-litre oak cask, near the end of its fermentation) round, nicely rich nose, compote or stewed fruits air with peach, guava. The palate has good density and core, and goes very long. This has a solid foundation, is deep, and comes with potential. 9-10 years. Dec 2015

2014

just one cask. Yellow robe with green touches. White tobacco, roasted nuts, toasting and notably a lime aroma show on the nose, with wax and a touch of lees. This is very tight early on – it is reserved, has inner strength, real implicit muscle, well-knit. The palate bears fine juice, compressed and concentrated. It has a flavour of orange marmalade. It is a table wine, its strength helped by the clay, and is suited to sauced dishes. 13°. 300 b. “The 2011 started on its lees a bit, then moved to reduction and became grilled, superb,” François Ribo. 2023-24  Dec 2015

2012

magnum: “there was a period when this started to work again in bottle, so let’s see how it is going,” F.Ribo. full yellow robe. Apricot and quince show in a safe, slightly flat bouquet, has some smoked notes, soil aspects. The bouquet is starting to glow as it matures, doesn’t quite hand out a lifted aroma. The palate presents fluid, tasty, nutted fruits, near exotic in style. It delivers a smoky tang on the finish, a flavour of orange marmalade. This has a northern aspect, though the texture is quite rich. The length is pretty sound. 2021-22 Oct 2015

2011 ()

fine yellow colour with apricot tints. Aniseed, smoky-licorice, fennel air that is very leesy, shows raw state white fruit. There is a lees-candy bonbon mix on the attack, with nutty signals; then a low key gain in gras and sweetness. It extends securely, with body that is gentle, sure. A raw, naked style wine. From mid-2012. To 2018. 12.5°.  March 2012