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100% Roussanne from S facing red clay, rolled stones, deep soils at Les Champs (1947-48, 1980, 1992, the extension of the Saint-Joseph hillside at Tournon), fermented, raised 5-15 year 228-litre oak casks 10-12 months, best decanted, not made every year, 304-608 b

2019 ()

(228-litre cask, Coteau des Champs, Roussanne) yellow robe; the nose lingers well, shows dried fruits, smoke, roast nuts, infused herbal tea. The palate debut is nutty, grips well, has good spine, fresh control, not a lot of spare flesh, but is very well together, very long. It’s easy to underestimate its intricate quality. It holds very fine acidity, has sève [sap] and that together, way to go. “You don’t feel the sun too much, even though this is full South facing; this shows well at 15-20 years; I’ll keep one or two casks of this on its own this year,” François Ribo. 15 years Nov 2019