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100% Marsanne (early 1970s) from garnite soils on Les Faures, fermented with wild yeasts, raised 50% new, 50% 1-year 228-litre oak casks 15-17 months, lees stirred, fined, filtered, "drink with oven cooked fish, veal filet", called Les Archevêques until 2015, when called Les Faures, 2,000 b

2016

(cask) firm yellow. Has a rich, well set bouquet on peach jam, a ripe roundness, brioche-flan airs, lemon curd. The palate works well on a deft freshness, carbonic gas aided, with jolly fat, richness that sets it up for la table. The finish is grapey, Muscat-like. There’s a fine freshness on the close, a tidy grip. This has good inner heart, fresh length, good substance. 2023-24 Dec 2017

2015

(cask) sturdy yellow robe. The bouquet is thick, not closely defined due to that. There is a fat from the ripeness of the crop, a note of flan and custard, a hint of lime. The palate is weighty, coated, rather static and neutral. Decanting may help, but it lacks lift and “spark”, plods along. Its main card is its texture – smooth throughout. Wait until bottling and another six months after that, so drink from 2018. 14°. 2,000 b. €12.40 export. 2021-22 Oct 2016

2014 ()

(casks) steady yellow robe. The nose is fresh, with aniseed and oak smoke prominent, flan and custard backdrop notes that lend an extra layer. The palate engages well, thanks to its freshness and stylish richness which rolls along well. There is a smoky finale. The balance is good. Serve in a large glass and drink with turbot, halibut - noble fish. 14°. 2021-22  Oct 2015 

2012

(casks) cloudy, full yellow. The bouquet is hefty – broad, and packed with ripe white fruit aromas, and an appealing, infused tea, unusual scenting with them. This sits well in the glass – a full but lucid affair it is. It starts with restraint, shows lime and honey notes late on, licorice showing on the finish. Has character, and an interesting second stage of life beckons. From mid-2014. 2021-22  Nov 2013

2011 ()

(casks) opaque, pear-tinted yellow. Prominent oak-toast lines up in the nose, comes with a menthol tang behind, is unformed. It also shows a little honey and apricot. The palate produces cooked fruits such as white strawberry and peach with vanilla and liquid honey in-built to its late stages. Rough n’ready, a bit of a red wine nature in its firm spot at the finish. A take your time wine  - it is no surprise that it is still being raised. Decant it. From 2014. 2021-22  Nov 2012

2010

mild yellow; sherry, “high” tones on the nose that comes with a buttery, flan air, reflects banana and lime. The palate is based on gras, is round and suited to food more than the aperitif; the fat extends into a well-judged grainy, nutty finale. The flavours of toffee, butterscotch and mandarin – sweet and sour – work well on the finish. Drink now. It is a bit sticky late on. There is pronounced Marsanne here. 13.5°. To 2016. Nov 2011

2008 ()

full, yellow and gold robe; apricot, salty, rich bouquet with hazelnut in the air. This is a rich style of Saint-Péray – food-facing more than the aperitif. The oak lingers a little on the end. Nice and full. 2014-15 July 2010

2006

some yellow in the robe. Has a high octane, alcoholic, white raisin nose – oaked and pushed in the cellar. The palate is a little extreme, again pushed to get here like the unwilling schoolboy, satchel on back. Is a food only, and “shut your eyes and hope for the best” wine – not a comfortable offering. I bet it's from Les Vins de Vienne (tasted blind). It is taut all through the palate. Try in mid-2009. Required companions are dishes such as veal in sauce, rich foods, even Asiatic dishes. To 2012-13 Jan 2008