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40-70% Marsanne, 30-60% Roussanne, fermented at 16-18°C, wild yeasts only, raised 1-3 year 228-litre oak casks 9 months on fine lees, filtered, 3,000 b

2013

shiny yellow. Vanilla, almond, banana, ginger, custard aromas, peach and a floral aspect bringing a touch of beauty to the nose. The palate works on freshness and finesse; has a butterscotch note of flavour, a honeyed late moment with sound depth. Good poise here. A touch of late tannin means it grips as it closes. It isn’t as obviously fresh as the best examples, but is pretty decent. 13.5°. 60% Rouss, 40% Mars this year. 3,000 b. €31.40 export. Decant this. From 2017 2033-36  Jan 2015

2012

shiny yellow; cooked lemons, infused tea aroma, with brioche bread: the nose is a little away from the mainstream, delivers a spiced greengage also. The style is up and at’em, forcing. This is subdued post bottling: elements of tang, citrus are here, a Marsanne bitter, some mild oaking. It is a bit limited on the second half for now, but can show more width notably if left until mid-2015. Cellar-driven wine that I find might have been bottled a shade early. 14°. 2025-26  Nov 2013

2011 ()

bright yellow, legs. Toasted, white peach, white raisin aroma with ginger and vanilla in it, almond paste. The palate stats cautiously; it has subdued nut flavour, dried fruits such as apricot as well. The length is steady, OK. It doesn’t carry much flair, and I feel could have been raised for longer. Limited white Hermitage. From spring 2014. 13.5°. 2025-26  Nov 2012

2010 ()

good glint in its yellow robe; the nose has a serenity, a stylish white fruit and honeysuckle air with a refined saltiness suggesting Roussanne (tasted blind), and floating over it is a lime tang, a light and airy flan effect. The palate pursues a similar trail of elegance, with life and clarity in its late stages. Has peach, baked tart flavours, an aftertaste of white dried raisins. There is good nerve through this, and “stylish” is indeed the word. Balance is here, and despite a tiny dip on the finish, it is good. Suited to finely flavoured dishes, ones that are not too rich or over-sauced. From mid 2012. 14°. 2024-26 Nov 2011

2001 No Rating

one-dimensional, and short on the palate.

2000

modern, toasted nose, no identity. Rather gluey bonbon style on palate. Some fat, then oak at end, a bit of juice present. Lacks character. 2011-13