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The Wines

95% Marsanne (1980s, some 1960s, 65% northern zone, 30% southern zone), 5% Roussanne (northern zone), 80% vat, 20% 2-3 year oak cask fermented, raised 10-12 months, lees stirred, malo completed, 10,500 b

2010

pale yellow; flan, rather creamy nose with an apricot skin influence, while hazelnut (the Marsanne) floats across. There is a small ball of richness here, the wine not expansive; but it drinks easily and freely. Early drinking wine, respectable, can serve as an aperitif. 13.5°. 2013-14 June 2011

2008

steady, pale yellow; amiable hazelnut aroma, with spots of honey around it, green apple, also spring flowers, honeysuckle. Vanilla is the first taste, then it tightens and takes on a Marsanne grip. The texture is welcoming, the finish offers a steady honey-almond flavour, with gras present there. It is a little narrow along the palate, but has a true Marsanne nature. OK with food, also. 13°. To 2014. Nov 2009

2006 ()

mid depth yellow; mild, buttery nose, going through a hidden moment now, although there are some grilled nuts in the aroma. The palate is also reserved, the taste rather of “damp wool”, with some nuttiness and a squeezy nature to its texture. A low profile wine – could have a bit more matter. Anonymous wine. The second half of the palate has a hole in it, before a measured moment of richness and length. Esp from end 2008 for a bit more from this. To 2013. June 2008