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100% Marsanne (early 1970s ) from Beaumont-Monteux (southern zone), fermented, raised 33% new, 67% 1-year 228-litre oak casks 9 months, lees stirred, malo completed, 2,400 b

2015 ()

yellow robe, green tints. Honey and a supple air of apricot, white strawberry, melted banana feature on an open and broad nose. The palate gives a cooked lime flavour with infused tea, a note of petrol towards the finish, with guava there. It’s weighty from within, for la table. The Marsanne has been cropped very ripe here, and we are into exotic fruits. 13.5°. 2019-20 Oct 2016

2011

pale, glinty yellow. Flan, spiced, cooked banana-apple-pear aroma, fruit compote. The palate bears aromatic, gentle white fruits with honey and ginger in its veins. It ends freshly, has lift. Suited to foods – salads, cold meats, noodle dishes. Has a little extra weight on the finish to help its length, and is clear thanks to salty notes there. Very sound. Now to 2016. 13.5°. Nov 2012

2010

mild yellow, legs. Oak forward air, a nutty aroma that is a bit subdued, has a smudge of varnish in it, and wee flan notes – this is an elegant setting for the oak. The palate is also elegantly textured – it starts on that, has oak fringes, while the interior is mildly fruited, offering the flavour of dried fruits, pear and pear skin. A “leisurely” wine that takes its time, hasn't been cellar- crowded or imposed. We'll take our time, too. From mid-2012. This is from good terroir, hence the classy elegance. There is some glow on the aftertaste. Agreeable, supple, rather juicy wine. 13.5°. 2017-18 Nov 2011

2009 ()

full yellow; reserved nose – brioche bread with a bit of acetate, caramel in behind, lightly salted. The palate is sturdy, to the point of being stern – has a meaty, firm second half. Baked sort of wine with a copious manner, is big and grounded. Decant, wait till spring 2011. 13°. To 2014. July 2010

2008

full yellow; wide, buttery nose, glints of dried fruit, glazed fruits, candy and peanut butter. A supple texture wine, with a mild run of vanilla flavouring through it, and a reliable, rounded finish. Some local feel. Small late grip. Plain-flavoured foods best with it. Light, but OK – it fades a bit, so drink soon. 13°. To 2012. Dec 2009

2007 ()

yellow tints in the robe; pineapple, oak notes on the nose – it is broad, oily, buttery, with toasted vanilla airs. The palate starts on the oak, with the interior fruit a little subdued. It ends on oak, and a touch of late heat. From spring 2010. Less oak = better wine. 14°. To 2012. March 2009