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100% Viognier (late 1970s) from sandy granite soils at 300 metres at Ardoix, around 30 hl/ha, 50% fibre glass, 50% 2-3-4 year 228-litre oak cask fermented at 19-20°C, raised 11 months, malo blocked, 3,000 b

2014 ()

yellow robe. The nose is quiet, light pear, aniseed. The palate gives oak, some fat, bears easy gras. The finale is round, means it is suited to la table. €9. 13°. To 2017  Oct 2015

2011

bottled 1 month ago: very rich aspect; the nose bears waxen, pear and apricot airs, honey as well – good depth. The palate is rich, has a sweet gras that leads into a honey-nougat finish, and then a tangy, salted lime marmalade and honeycomb aftertaste. Suited to food rather than aperitif. Now to 2016. 13.5°. “It lacks a bit of freshness,” Guillaume Sorrel. Nov 2012

2010

bottled two weeks ago: quite a bright yellow; restrained but poised, clear aroma – peach, pear present. I like its roundness and simple appeal. The palate is harmonious, with agreeable richness and a rounded texture. It slips along well, is a very good vin de pays that is well-balanced. The 2009 had more alcohol in it, as per that vintage. Good length. Aperitif wine or fine foods. It has more finesse, even if less dimension, than some Condrieus. 13°. €7.50 export price, not a real bargain, but quality wins out. 2014. Nov 2011

2009

yellow robe; dried fruits, pear, rather piano nose, dumb. Supple start to the palate, fair richness in it, has spice present. It is suited to food more than the aperitif. Very orderly – a good debut for these two fellows. To 2013. Nov 2010