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The Wines

Viognier (1996) from hillside schist soils at Seyssuel, north of Vienne, 3-week steel vat fermentation at 16°C, aged 50% new, 50% 1-5 year 228-litre oak casks 18 months, no lees stirring, 14,000 b

2010 ()

(bottling soon) bright, pale yellow. Has a firmly founded nose, shows prominent pear, pear skin – it is wide, thorough, and good in a manly way. The palate has a smoky pear flavour, followed by honey and wax on the aftertaste. This is structured for food and life, for instance 10+ years. It closes firmly. Lots to like here. There is white strawberry fruit in the flavour, too. “Since we extended our raising to 18 months, the wine is more suited to food and la table. There is good tension in the 2010,” François Villard. 8,000 b this year. 2021-22 Feb 2012

2009

(bottling in 1 month) deeper yellow than the 2008, low-key apricot tints in it. Has a big, fat aroma, ripples of ripe fruit and the aroma of the core of fruit near the stone – this is intense. Hazelnut flavour on a poised, more calm and collected palate than the nose. There is a pretty run of fruit, it is good-bodied, and widens well at the end. Structured, also glinty wine that will develop over time, its finish able to amplify. 2019-21. £42 in GB. 14,000 b this year. March 2011

2008 ()

mild yellow. The nose breathes wide, rather thorough airs, a creamy vanilla-apricot impression. There is a fat lean on the palate, but it never strays into the overdone, and bears a growing power and insistence as it goes. Decant this to free it up. It shows the restraint of the schist at the end – there is a good spot of graininess there. 13°. 2020-22. £42 in GB. 8,000 b this year. March 2011