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The Wines

100% Marsanne (1992) from La Ribaudy at Chavanay, fermented, raised 80% vat, 20% 4-5 year 228-litre oak casks 8 months, malo nearly always completed, “the lees are not stirred to keep the typicity; you should drink it at 4-5 years old”, 1,000-1,500 b

2016 ()

fine yellow robe. White plum, pear aromas, greengage show in a buttery, vanilla backdrop on the nose, with a hint of orange peel. The attack is soft, the content fleshy, has a white fruits compote, stewed fruits flavour, with peach, white strawberry, notes of spring flowers, nuts. It is fat, but can develop more nuance. This is charming. 12.5°. 1,000 b. 2026-27 Mar 2018

2012 ()

shiny, mild yellow colour. Light air of reduction on the nose, cooked lemon, orange, Bergamot with a wee saline note, some SO2. The palate is quiet, although it has just been bottled today in its defence. There is a flavour of dried fruits, a gentle late acidity. It is reserved after bottling, is an honest country wine. The finish is tight, restrained. The malo was blocked this year. From late 2013. 1,200 b this year. Can get to 3 stars, I suspect. 2018-19  May 2013

2010 ()

pale yellow, green tints. The nose is moving into exotic fruits such as pineapple, guava, also pear, lime, citrus influences. I like the variety of aroma. The palate sports a bonny freshness, has a nutty flavour, real good zing in it. The late moments are fine, nicely clear, and the pear flavour revives on the aftertaste. There is very likeable plump little ball of flavour on the finish, which is laced with a cool note of fennel. Authentic wine that displays the Marsanne well. Julien has a good touch with the whites. To 2018 May 2012

2009

ripe, flan, baked apple nose, acacia flowers a rich, rather elegant nature, is agreeable, not at all overdone. Less vivacity than in some years. Best with food, rather than solo. 12.5°. To 2014. “We always pick this crop first – this is 12.66°,” Julien Barge. The malo not completed this year – their only wine like that. July 2010

2007

honey, acacia flowers aromas, vanilla also. Honeyed, nice fleshy debut to the palate, but always keeps a line of elegance. Good, grounded wine. Ends with grip and tight closure. Steady, without pretension. To 2012. Bottled May 2008

2006 ()

even yellow colour; ample, ripe fruit aroma, supplemented by brioche, baked bread. The palate also has somewhat “high” fruit, which straightens as it travels – finishes with the clip of the Marsanne at the end, which is good. Drinks well now. To 2014. Fish would be good with it. “Our 2006 whites are richer than the 2007s – they are superior,” Julien Barge. €13.50. Previously June 2007 *** light honey-apricot white fruits accompanied by spring flowers on the nose. Easy, squeezy fruit on the palate, soft and quite open. An easy charm wine. 2012-14 June 2007