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50-55% Marsanne, 45-50% Roussanne (both early 2000s) from alluvial soils on Les Chassis, cool decantation after pressing, 45 day steel vat fermentation at 14°-17°C, steel vat raised 6-8 months on fine lees, malo can be completed (2010), filtered, 6-7,000 b

2015 ()

firm yellow. The nose parades exotic, jungle fruits with ripe mango to the fore, and a note of melted butter and cooked lime. The palate tucks into suave richness with a grapey segment before the quiet finish. It does more early on than late, but is a well settled, rounded wine for la table – mild rather than strong flavoured dishes recommended. 13°. 7,000 b. 50% Mars, 50% Rouss. €8.50 export. To 2020 Oct 2016

2014 ()

deep yellow robe, pale gold. The nose has a creamy quality, an apricot pulp aroma, a drizzle of roasted hazelnuts. It is destined for drinking à table, not solo. The palate attacks on a flavour of apricot, cooked peach fruit with a note of orange marmalade. The texture is largely smooth, the content rich though free. Good with veal, white meats. It grips a little on the finish. 13°. 6,000 b. 55% Marsanne, 45% Roussanne. €8.40 export. 2020-21  Oct 2015 

2013 ()

quite a full yellow. Gives a ripe peach jam-jelly aroma, the suave nature of it reflecting a considerable Roussanne presence (tasted blind: this is 50% Rouss, 50% Mars this year). Also has melted butter, spring flowers on show. The palate is fluid, bears supple richness, and the coating makes it easy to drink with foods such as mushroom dishes and soft cheese. Ends on an aniseed, clear, touch chewy, note. Well orchestrated, pretty refined Crozes blanc. 13°. 6,000 b. 2020-21  Jan 2015

2010 ()

some depth in its yellow robe. Has a mandarin, bergamot, salty air, a ripe and fat fruit present with notes of dried fruits, apricot-pear and notably pineapple. The palate gives an immediate, controlled gras richness, has a nice easy way about it: a flattering, early wine. It finishes on its pliant texture more than on freshness. It is a bit limited in scope. A wine suited to food, simple flavours; I get the sense of low acidity here. 12.5°. “2010 is a bit too ripe, too gras for me. We didn’t have a full yield; we did the malo this year – normally, such as 2011, we don`t,” Franck Faugier. 2014-15 Nov 2011

2009

(vat) yellow robe; brioche bread, baked fruits aroma with a little mineral topping – a sturdy bouquet. The palate is sealed up, not notably fruited: this is more of a power than fine wine, the power driving it along. Baked fruits, mango even in its flavour, astertaste is white raisin. Decant this sturdy numero. 2014-15 July 2010

2007

steady yellow robe; attractive bouquet – pineapple, baked fruits. There is a honeycomb flavour on the attack, and the taste of hazelnut, tightly delivered, follows. Rather austere on the finish. Has some gras. Serve this chilled due to its low acidity nature. To 2011 March 2009 Previously Dec 2008 * yellow robe; the bouquet fruit suggests a touch of the overripe, the fruit on the turn, past its fresh stage: thus banana, fig and a trace of lime come across. The palate has a steady run of flan and baked fruit flavours, but lacks lift. The aftertaste shows white raisin, some sweet spice. Drink this early – it is a wine of soft texture and modest horizon. 12.8°. To 2010. Dec 2008

2006

ripe fruit with jungle fruits, peach and greengage in it. Has plenty of gutsy appeal, whereby the crop has been let to ripen almost to an extreme. Supple and sappy palate of lowish acidity, taste of white raisin. To 2010 Jan 2008