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80-90% Marsanne (1970s), 10-20% Roussanne from clay-limestone, some granite soils on Tourtousse (aka Chanteluzet), Chemin du Tram (2010), lower slope vines so more clay present in the granite, crop cooled at 9°C, steel vat fermented at 16-17°C, raised 4-6 months on fine lees (since 2008) until malo has been completed, then vat stored at 3°-5°C 1 month, fined, filtered, 3-7,000 b

2016

full yellow robe, even a hint of orange. The bouquet gives a bountiful air of apricot, dried fruits, a honey and quince assembly. It goes for fat appeal. The palate is rich and oily, has a tangerine and vanilla, grapey flavour with neat, thick juice on the prowl as it closes. It has the body for sauced and butter-based dishes, also for Cantonese cuisine, noodle dishes, cheese. There is a low-key Marsanne grip on the finish. It could have more lift, will become exotic as it evolves. 13°. To 2021. Nov 2017

2015 ()

yellow robe. The bouquet serves a nutty opening with oak-vanilla present. It suggests some Roussanne in the easy roundness of its white fruits and the hint of flowers. It is lightly resting on cooked lemon. The palate is tightly packed, has an elegant heart with a grilled-oaked appearance before the finish. There is a cooked orange flavour, and the wine has fresh grip. Decanting helpful. The length is secure, well done, and the balance is good also. 13°. 7,000 b. €13 export. 80% Mars, 20% Rouss. 2021-22 Oct 2016

2014

pale yellow. Peach and apple aromas lead the nose, apricot juice as well, aniseed – it has an appealing sweetness. The palate is typically nutty from the Marsanne on its debut, holds tight gras with an exit of peach, smoky nut. Beau wine. 13°. Bottled Feb 2015. 6,000 b. To 2019  Dec 2015

2010 ()

pale yellow. Has a refined bouquet, a little spice in with the honey and apricot – it has the free airs of Saint-Péray and involves some lime and vanilla. The attack bears white jam, white strawberry and peach in the early exchanges. The palate is accessible, the flavour mixing dried fruits, varnish and hazelnut notably – the finish brings out an acetate, varnish angle which is accompanied by a tangy, honey note. Can serve as an aperitif wine. A wine that has character. 12.5°. To 2016. Nov 2011

2009 ()

(enamel tank, malo completed) pale robe. Pretty first nose – fat and honeyed. The palate has a rich, not overdone start, is right there now at only three months. Charming, sun in the glass wine. Plenty of bounty. 2013-14. Dec 2009

2008 ()

pale yellow; young apple aroma. Baked fruits, pear-apple flavour, ends on a grainy note, tapers finely, finishes on a bitter tang. OK for the aperitif. Some late heat. Only 1,000 bottles this year. 12.5°. 2013-14 Dec 2009

2007

pale robe; sweet, honey-apricot aroma with some bonbon sweets, pear drops also. The palate holds comfortable matter, a bonny richness and a nice hazelnut infusion comes through. It is agreeable now, shows Marsanne typicity at the end – grip and a taste of liquid honey. Good aperitif wine. Good value at €7.50 retail at the cellar. To 2011. Dec 2008

2006

clear pale robe, with legs down the glass; light honey aroma, with touches of baked tart and flowers. The palate kicks off with a baked apple flavour, then runs on to crème patisserie with a tangerine tang, and bit of bitter as it were (Marsanne, logical). There is some gras within this. To 2011. Dec 2007. Bottled April 2007. Also tasted a bottle with a dirty start to the palate, and the nose not 100% clean, SO2 present – Jan 2008

2005

yellow robe; crème brûlée with a dash of peach on the nose, comes in a big, quite typical style. Closed palate, with a chewy texture late on. Some flan and Marsanne nougat-hazelnut in the taste. A bit wild, but lusty. Length is OK. From the spring of 2007. 2012-13 Nov 2006 Bottled September 2006 this year since the malo took a long time to finish.

2001

broad, live white fruit skins aroma; full, firm flavour. Big wine, has a chewy, almost tannic side. 2005 on. 2010/12