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80% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne (oldest 1960s, youngest 2010-11) from Le Clos (oldest vines), Chalaix, Calvaire on Les Côtes at Mauves (inc ex Guy Lantheaume vines) , Les Oliviers, young vines on Dardouille at Tournon, granite soils, used 228-litre oak cask fermented, raised 12-14 months, malo completed, first wine 2009, 8,000 b


pale yellow; the nose shows opulent strength, pineapple, tropical fruits, ripe peach, gives a big hit. The palate is a cocktail of oak, ripe white fruits, honey, apricot juice, vanilla. It’s a bit on the sunny side, towards excess influence from that. The close is a little droopy. This is fat wine with textured gras, destined for drinking à table. 13.5°. 2025-26 Dec 2019  GB £75/6 b in bond The Wine Society +44(0)1438 741177 https://www.thewinesociety.com/openingoffer/Overview.aspx?offercode=wrh181


(cask, bottling Nov 2018) yellow robe. Apricot and peach fruit feature in a nicely plump air. The palate is beau, wavy, soft and squeezy, has a curved debit with grip and tang on the finale, all well textured. This holds good gras and clean lines, with a lean towards spearmint. It’s nice country wine. 25 hl/ha. From spring 2019. 2028-29 Mar 2018

2014 ()

(tank, bottling next week) yellow robe. White raisin, peach jelly airs feature in a sultry, wide and deep bouquet. This is stylish, has a winning softness of fruit and airborne late moments, giving good, precise gras richness on the close. This attacks well, then skips a beat and drifts a bit. 2023-25 GB £60/6 b in bond Wine Society www.thewinesociety.com   Dec 2015