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The Wines

90-95% Roussanne (1970s 2010s), 5-10% Marsanne (1973, Sarras) from granite soils at Arras, Ozon, Sarras, fermented at 14°C-18°C, raised 15-20% new 228-litre oak casks, 80-85% 1-2-3 year old casks 11 months (8 months until late 2000s), malo completed, 9-11,000 b

2011 ()

yellow robe. Has a creamy aroma, a stewed apricot air, soaked fruits, a light touch of vanilla and greengage plum. There are bonny toast and ginger notes, lemon curd as well. The palate parades oak, some tangy, bitter citrus fruits, a zest of orange. I like its late depth and the way it continues. It is apt for dishes such as fish, chicken, guinea fowl. It produces a little burst of spritz as it ends, with freshness and spice implicit. It suggests a deliberately ripe crop harvesting via its marmalade tang towards the finish, which is salty. 13.5°. To 2017  Dec 2013, East Sussex

2010

steady yellow, legs down the robe. Smoky, almost singed air – there is a tight toasting around the bouquet, oven roasted nuts within it. The palate is not fully together; has a rather fine style, but its gras and acidity, both present, are not as one yet. Has plenty of assertive flavour such as roast fruit skins, dried apricots with pork.. and sweet herbs. A bit reflective of cellar work. Can ease and fuse. Decant this, drink form mid-2012. 13.5°. To 2017 Nov 2011

2009 ()

pale yellow. Honeyed front air, showing the compact, near-baked nature of the vintage, comes with apricot and plum jam in the air. The palate has a nice rich debut, no excess, a good late breeze with a steady lengthening. This feels hand made, precise, small scale wine. It has fine flavours, and shows hazelnut-almond paste on the aftertaste – appropriate, given the title of the wine. To 2016. March 2011

2008 ()

(sugars finished fermenting, malo not yet done) mild yellow robe; has a gentle, baked fruit nose of subtle charm, with a pretty spice trail behind it, and wisps of vanilla from the oak. The palate also holds very pretty fruit, delivers gracious length and ends nice and securely. Definite promise here. The length is good. It holds enough content to evolve – drink from spring 2010. To 2014-15. Only 3,000 b owing to hail. March 2009

2006

yellow, flint colour; has an exotic fruits, guava aroma – it is wide, and lingers with a small sweet spot in it. The palate is prettily rounded, the taste a mixture of white raisin and nougat; it ends nice and firmly. It is well-knit, and shows a touch of late oak. This is a wine for food. To 2014. March 2009