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50-100% Marsanne, 0-50% Roussanne (mature vines back to the 1920s-1930s) from Hongrie, Grand Plantier, 80% 1-3 year 400-litre oak cask fermented, raised 7 months, 20% steel vat fermented, raised 7 months (until mid-2010s Marsanne fermented, raised new 228-litre oak casks (oak half French, half American), Roussanne steel vat fermented, raised 1-2 year 228-litre oak casks 9-10 months), lees stirred, malo blocked, first wine 2004, “drink with fish, poultry, cheese”, 18,000 b

2018 ()

fine yellow robe; the nose is neat, withdrawn, en finesse, with a quiet, gentle air of white fruits, hints of toasting. The palate is refined, offers a pure white fruit content, with a little squeeziness in the tender gras richness. It runs serenely into a calm, curved finish. It’s New Wave essentially, is in a holding phase for now - so decant it, or wait another year, when there will be more declaration. 13°. 2024-25 Nov 2019

2017

yellow robe with gleam in it; the nose has weight, shows grilling, toasting, a fat rump of nutty white fruits - you can feel the sun rays in it. The palate links closely, has a rolling nature, well established gras that sustains kindly, ending on notes of white flowers, dried fruits, oak vanilla, honey. It lengthens nicely, sustains its trim gras richness. This will emerge further, can be decanted, served in a large glass. 13°. 2024-25 Dec 2018

2016

fine yellow robe. The bouquet gives a healthy aroma of tropical fruits, vanilla and a little honey from its oak, papaya and mandarin prominent. There’s an inner grapiness which is appealing. The palate starts with reserve, tightness, absolutely as it should for a Saint-Péray, running with cool intent into a crystal clear, spearmint finish. I like its discretion, with more to come over time. It has good style, with mineral along it. This is an elegant, typical, STGT St P. 13°. From spring 2018. Decanting advised. 2022-23 Nov 2017

2015

pale yellow, green tints. Apricot, peach airs start the bouquet, which comes with notions of dried fruits, a little salt and aniseed. The palate bears a pear-peach flavour, with some white plum skin, and grip from that, as it closes, quietly. OK, but not arresting: it is light, and closes neutrally. 13.5°. To 2020 Oct 2016

2014 ()

pale yellow robe. The bouquet is reserved, but has a sound couch of cooked white fruits, a note of flan depth, suggests apricot, dried fruits. The palate holds comfortable, easy richness, and ends roundly. It isn’t very demonstrative, but there is a line of lime freshness in it. It is on the stylish side, and will go well with Dover Sole, halibut, steamed fish. 13.5°. 95% Mars, 5% Rouss. 2020-21  Oct 2015

2013

yellow colour; has a lightly toasted aroma, shows hazelnut-almond, honey in front of a light white stone fruit air. It attacks with good, typical St-Péray mineral clarity, captures the place well. STGT wine – the style is built around the 100% Marsanne this year, and that is very successful. It prolongs with some style, holds enjoyable gras, is all very lucid, and makes a great Sunday morning aperitif. Or drink with lightly flavoured dishes, hors d’oeuvres, vegetarian spaghetti, turkey, guinea fowl. 13°. 2019-20 Jan 2015

2012

good yellow robe. The nose is developing an agreeable richness, a classic northern Rhône style of cooked fruits, jam, nuttiness, hints of orange marmalade from the Marsanne. The palate doesn’t deliver the depth suggested by the nose: it is orderly, but a bit tame. It has a low-key, typical Marsanne tang, is medium-weight, and fresh as it ends. 13°. 2017-18  Jan 2015

2011 ()

glinting pale yellow. Has an oily, verbena air, lemon tart and flan in the air. There is a breeze of lime, cooked lime marmalade and pear, comes with a granite minerality. The palate is closing, presents a subdued show of dried fruits such as apricot with greengage plum, also vanilla and white raisin notions. It ends with some freedom and a spot of gras before a smoked, flinty aftertaste. Suited to fish in sauce – butter not crème, olive oil dishes, vegetarian dishes. To 2017.  Nov 2012

2010 ()

medium yellow; honey, wax, cardboard air, vanilla pod also. Lime and white plum add a note of lift and zap. Has a biscuity, waxy flavour, running in to the honey-almond of the Marsanne. The early stages carry the life of orange zest and bergamot, then that sequels into fleshy white strawberry jam, a lactic note. Decent gras is present, and this is good now. There is late glow from its degree - 14° - and it is suited to food. Honey and apricot feature on the aftertaste. 2016. Nov 2011

2009

yellow robe; interesting, fresh nose – mineral and a hint of oak on the top air, along with good ripe fruit support – a bright, promising start. The palate is good. It combines oak and rich, not overdone content, and also finishes with crisp, fine candour. A very good mix of ripeness and freshness. Has enough gras this year to easily handle its new oak, which will be less apparent from late 2011. It drinks well and stylishly already, widens well across the palate. Fine fish dishes such as turbot, monkfish, grilled poulet de Bresse (organic chicken de Bresse), crayfish, creamy poultry, asparagus in sauce – many contenders for this fair wine`s hand. 13.5°. 20116-17 Nov 2010 Previously April 2010 ***(*) bright, pale yellow. Salty, rather stiff bouquet – dried fruits present, some elegance. A busty, filled wine on the palate – it is powerful, has a good-bodied flavour, rolls on well, has low acidity, and an ample finish. Light toasting on it – toasting rather than oaking, good. Tangy finish. Catch while the fruit is still on the go, is a handsome wine. To 2014. April 2010

2008 ()

yellow that is bright and nicely rich to the eye. Apricot, dried fruits, brioche bread, pastry aroma – it is quite rich and ripe, has potential. There is an oak strike on the attack, with a rich texture around it. It is not yet distinct, is hidden. It ends on a firm, oak-nut combination, has good depth overall. Decant this. From autumn 2010. 13°. 2016-17 Nov 2009

2007

pale yellow robe, green glints; has a dried fruits, banana, vanilla aroma – liquid honey also – it comes in the ripe crop style, and is promising. The palate has a traditional richness that is a little oxidative in nature, with the texture taking on a drier, more mineral-flinty nature late on. The length is sound, this is not everyone's style, and needs drinking with food. It is pretty big, so sipping is best, not real drinking – it can go with sauced fish, and a cream or butter sauce would offset its oxidative, firm outer texture. 13.5°. 2013-14. March 2009

2006

some yellow in the robe; has a buttery, mildly scented nose, with some greengage and a saltiness that leans towards the high tone. The palate is oak infused, but with quite an elegant grain. The length is fair. Holds a light, rather fleeting appeal – makes for gracious drinking in the near to mid-term. Just lacks that bit of extra content to raise its profile and quality. Good CHR wine. 2010-11 Jan 2008 Previously June 2007 (vat/cask) *** soft, low-key nose with some potential – shows dried fruits, spice and the crop has been picked deliberately very ripe. There is a good core to the early-mid palate, even if it vacates a little late on, becomes toasted on the finish. There is an oak thread all through this. The grip on the finish is typical of Saint-Péray: elegant attack, clear finale = promise. 2013-14 June 2007