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100% Roussanne (1988, 2009 from Chavanay, Sarras, Andance), whole bunch pressing, 24 hour decanting at under 15°C, 85-100% 1 year 600-litre oak cask fermented, 0-15% steel vat fermented, raised 1-year 600-litre, 500-litre oak casks, steel vat 12 months, malo completed, filtered, "drink with fish, Asian cuisine notably with seafood, goat cheese", 1-2,500 b

2015

full yellow colour. The nose seems to carry a Roussanne elegance (tasted blind), an attractive floral, white flowers and peach aroma. There is a little tang of cooked orange, tobacco. The palate starts tenderly, offers soft richness with a floral note, orange blossom, acacia, attached. This is stylish, well balanced St Jo blanc, for clear flavoured dishes, steamed dishes, fine fish such as sole. It’s expressive and charming, the juice en finesse. 14°. 2,500 b. 100% Roussanne. 2020-21 Oct 2016

2013 ()

yellow, light gold colour. This has an up front, exotic fruits, heavily ripened aroma – mango, cooked peach, pineapple, glazed sweets and fruits. The palate has a supple coating, gives a flavour of banana with a note of quince that stops it from being too heavy or exaggerated. There is some nuttiness and oaking on the finish. Bold, on the go white St Jo, for sauced foods and soft cheeses. 13.5°. 2019-20 Jan 2015

2012

pale yellow; has a broad bouquet, marked by pear notably, with a note of orange and citrus compote, stewed fruits, exotic guava fruit airs, aniseed and honey: this is a stylish bouquet. The attack is low-key; the debut is fat, gives a sense of white fruit jam, a light depth of banana and flan with that, then a white tobacco grip on the finish, where it tapers a bit. Has a squeezy, easy richness. It is a bit Goody Two Shoes as a wine, comes at arm’s length, is over polished. It is correct in the modern way. 12.5°. To 2018  Nov 2013

2011

attractive, mild yellow. The nose mixes quince, toast, honey, emphasizes style over power, shows smoke and licorice, too. The palate has a willing, fleshy debut – there are ripples of freshness in what is a good aperitif wine; the flavour combines white fruit jam or compote, apple and pear fruit. It grips well on the finish, even if it is mild, subdued there. Bang on for the aperitif. It lacks depth on the second half, but is pleasant now. 12.5°. To 2016  Nov 2012

2010

(1 year 600 litre oak cask, malo completed) rich-hued bright yellow, legs down the glass. Attractive pear, honey-lime airs, a turn-up of hazelnut beyond them. Lemon jam flavour that is good and tasty, beau; there is gras richness towards the finish, a good core. This extends widely and safely, ends freshly. Good grip, lovely fat. 2018-29 June 2011