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95-100% Marsanne, 0-5% Roussanne from rocky alluvial, loess soils at Tain and Gervans, must cooled at 12°C, oak cask fermented at 18°C, cultured yeasts, steel vat raised 4-6 months on lees with stirring, malo blocked, filtered, 5,350-6,000 b

2018 ()

fine yellow robe; the bouquet has a graceful, floating, floral air, with neat cooked lemon airs, hints of salt flakes. The palate is also trim, especially given the context of the vintage, has a shapely richness, extends coolly on the finish. The flavour is peachy, and it will accompany hors d’oeuvres dishes comfortably. 13°. 2024-25 Nov 2019

2017 ()

fine yellow robe; the nose has an airborne, appealing quality, presents soft, floral-infused white fruits, white peach and pear, white plum present. The palate drinks with a gentle ease, serves a light lime fruit flavour with notes of apricot towards the finish. It’s a trim Crozes blanc, has enough body for starter dishes, enough clarity for the aperitif. 13°. 2022-23 Dec 2018

2016 ()

shiny yellow; has a good, tangy Marsanne bouquet – orange peel, citrus juice, spice, a note of cooked lemon and lemon curd, soft spring flowers, primrose. The palate is also very typical Marsanne, combines liquid honey with nougat-nuttiness late on; it has a squeezy point of gras richness. The finish brings in some saltiness. Clear drinking here, solo OK, too. It’s an efficient Crozes blanc. 13°. 2021-22 Apr 2018

2014

yellow robe. The nose is subdued, but offers a white peach and lime aroma, the fruit precisely defined. The palate is stylish, with an immediate display of gras that continues in trim fashion. An airborne style of white Crozes, good if a little tame. It can be drunk as an aperitif. 13°. 95% Marsanne, 5% Roussanne. 13°. 6,000 b. To 2018  Oct 2015   

2013 ()

pale yellow; has a rounded bouquet, fat white fruit, a peach air, with barley sugar ripeness, a very light pear-nut combination. The bouquet is a bit reserved. The palate has a fleshy, fat attack, its texture smooth until a more direct, pebble tingle close, which is fresh. It develops a gras heart, is a food-connected wine – would be good with a chicken de Bresse, vegetarian pasta, courgettes. Its length is subtle, with a glow of its place as it finishes. It continues to show well – testament to its quality – over more than ten days. 13°. Oak cask fermented, raised. 2017-18  Nov 2014

2011 ()

bright, pale yellow. The nose goes rattling off well, is a good mix of peach-pear, flan, while a note of lemon crusted tart in behind contributes extra depth. The palate has supple content, an appealing texture. It runs along calmly, shows vanilla, white raisin at the finish, also a minor degree of saltiness that brings tang. There is a fine Marsanne ginger-honey cut on the finish. Pretty good length. Plenty to enjoy here. Vat fermented, raised. 13°. To 2016.  Nov 2012

2010 ()

pale yellow, pretty robe; has an alert, open aroma – brisk white fruits, dried fruits, with a powdery, sherbet lemon note. Has a good aperitif bouquet, and I also detect bergamot (mandarin) on the nose. The palate is also fresh, with a northern Rhône restraint in its gras, and notable late grip. The fruit is active, the flavour tinted with mandarin and spice, is “up” in nature. Provides a really grand aperitif today. The finish is fine and clear. Very enjoyable, w.o.w. wine – drink it up. 13°. To 2017 Jan 2012

2009 ()

good, steady yellow, legs. Has a soft, almost sappy, honeyed air with an almond-nougat twist along with wax and varnish. It isn’t obviously fruited, but there are pear and pineapple here. The palate is living on its texture at its start, a supple delivery; it is just a bit dumb, before a moderate tightening towards the finish, where vanilla and a cool, nutty side emerge. Destined more for food than aperitif. It has some southern, latent power and glow. Excellent pairing with baked ham. It holds it together well. 13°. To 2016.  Dec 2011

2008

nice and broad, bonny bouquet, plenty here – shows glazed fruits, honey, apricot jam, with a firm, waxen underlay and mild lime airs. Grippy start to the palate, nutty notes in the flavour, pretty clear-cut wine that lengthens OK. Clear enough to be aperitif wine. There is a slightly spritzy side towards the finish, with some gras there. It ends firmly, with a hint of tannin acting as support. By Day 2, the waxen, acetate side has advanced, and food is a must. Some doubts that it is a bit stiff. 95% Mars, 5% Rouss this year. 12.5°. Could be decanted..? To 2013-14 Jan 2011

2007

a low-key yellow robe; has a gentle, agreeable nose – flowers, white fruits and notably honey. There is good continuity between the bouquet and the palate – a good sign. Shows hazelnut and white jam in the flavour, with some late spice. Good aperitif wine. Drink now to 2010. Bottled March 2008. 12.5°. Dec 2008

2006 ()

mild yellow robe; live-toned nose – mandarin, hazelnut, pear. The palate shows underplayed Marsanne with attractive features and a mix of honey and tang. The finish is rather disorderly, with an austere note there that downgrades it. 12.5°. 2011-12. Jan 2008 Previously June 2007 **(*) open bouquet - varnish, pear/bonbon, with a dash of spice. Easy, open attack, before it shuts down. Is fairly rich and fat, comes in a low acidity, early drinking style. Length is OK. More expressive from Oct 2007. June 2007

2005

off yellow colour; buttery, quite refined aroma, with wisps of peach. Palate isn't very evident today. Has an elegant texture, I sense decent balance and more to come. The salted, crisp aftertaste would normally suggest some Roussanne is present. To 2010. Dec 2006

2003

2001 ()

gentle floral/nut nose; fair weight, some gras, orderly wine with a little final heat.