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50% Marsanne, inc 1930s Marsanne on Plantier, 50% Roussanne, abrupt south-facing granite slope on Chanteluzet, oak cask fermented at 16°C for up to 30 days, raised 25-33% new, 67-75% 1-2-3 year old 228-litre oak casks 11 months, (2006 100% new oak 6 months), lees stirred, then 1 month vat, malo completed, first wine 2006, 4-6,000 b

2016

shiny, full yellow colour. The nose presents a cool air of orange, snap ginger, spices, has detail. The palate connects well, runs with a fresh restraint, holds cosy gras that plumps up the mid-palate. It has a relaxed style, drinks well with some purity. It is indeed elegant and charming, and very enjoyable; drink it with steamed fish such as plaice, but not the big ones such as monkfish. 13.5°. To 2020. Nov 2017

2014 ()

yellow robe. Elderberry, licorice aromas show in a nose with more to give, displays fine toasting from the oak  and light airs of white flowers. The palate combines gras well with its oak; this has a good centre and delivers a juicy flourish after half way. Has a successful, tender, aromatic close, light honey on the aftertaste. 13°. 6,000 b. 2019-20  Dec 2015

2012 ()

yellow, quite full robe that suggest the use of oak. As expected, the first air is oaked, an aroma that comes with varnish, has tenacious notes. It is a pretty big unit overall. There are airs of linden (tilleul), scented tea. This is a clumsy affair, one that lacks precision. One wants more deft flavours and texture. It fills the palate, but without finesse. The ending is gummy. Dour, rather tannic. Decant it. From mid-2014. 14°. 5,000 b. To 2019  Nov 2013

2010

full yellow, apricot touches in the robe. Has a curvy, honeyed bouquet – there is a peanut, honeyed heart – but also some “burn”, the acrid notes of the Marsanne, along with vanilla and sherry, the latter from crop ripeness. The palate is elegantly rounded, the texture smooth. It shows its oak for now, ending on a liquid honey and oak combination. A wine for dishes – trout from the Ardèche would do well. There will be less oak on the final stages from 2013. Shapely, curvy, really wide wine of character. 13.5°. 2016-17 Nov 2011

2009

Cask 1 *** (2 year oak, to be bottled Sept 2010, malo active) oak, pineapple, banana aroma in a solid setting. The palate is rich, the richness forward, deep. Like the Traditionelle this is rich right away. Has a tiny late glow – it is high 13°. 2017-18. Cask 2 (new oak, malo not yet) **(*) oak and banana aroma. Chunky across the glass on the palate, the length is correct, is solid wine. Oak prevails at the end. To 2016. Cask 3 ***(*) (2 year oak) fine, fennel, lime, white stone fruit aroma. Fine length along the palate, a nice ball of late gras richness. To 2017. Dec 2009

2008 ()

overt toast, oak aroma with a honey and citrus trail behind. The has a fat, white jam flavour. It is fine, not that profound at the end, but ça passe, it`s OK. Best with food. “I would drink this white meats, cheese, sauced fish. It can live for 6 to 7 years,” J.Leminicier. 13.5°. To 2015. Dec 2009

2007

pear, greengage aroma, almond below it, gentle honey. Has mild depth – is indeed a wine of some elegance. It lengthens fairly, but stops a touch and ends on oak, a slight dryness. Not esp full, but wait a while – more from mid-2009. To 2014. Dec 2008

2006 ()

pale robe; oaked, bustling nose, led by white stone fruits and a little citronelle. The palate is intrinsically a rich affair, but the oak is running the show. Has enough plump content to live, with the oak not quite excessive. The length is sound. Esp from 2009 on. To 2012. Dec 2007