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100% Marsanne (early 1990s) from galet stone covered clay-limestone, loess soils, wild yeasts, large barrel & 228-litre oak cask fermented at 15-17°C, raised 9 months on lees, malo blocked, fined, filtered, can be called Amphore d’Argent, 5-7,000 b

2016

rather full yellow robe. Has a tropical fruits aroma, mango and guava airs, with a couch of crème patisserie below, a note of honeysuckle flowers. This tastes like a low acidity wine, is fat, rolls easily on a smooth texture, has an orb-like ball of flavour, a grapey note. It ends a little suddenly, but food will take care of that. It’s rather plain. 13°. To 2020 Apr 2018

2014 ()

pretty full yellow robe. The nose leads on smoke, white plum, tobacco. It shows Marsanne tang as well, oaking and roasted nuts. The palate bears a high fruit flavour with toast-oak smoke alongside. The gras is well set inside it, has good style. The finish takes on the grip and tang of Marsanne, is well presented. Good with poultry, turkey, soft cheeses. 13.5°. 100% Marsanne. 7,000 b. 2020-21  Oct 2015 

2013

yellow robe, legs on view; there is depth on the nose, a flan-crème patisserie aroma with a possible S02 presence (I am sneezing) The palate is tightly drawn, has fair gras richness, ends a little short. Not up with the leaders this year. It lacks real cohesion. 13°. 5,000 b. 2019-20  Jan 2015

2012 ()

yellow colour, some glint in it. Its rather full aroma is led by cooked lemon with a ginger-spice backdrop; the nose also has a busy citrus nature. The palate offers fresh feel, salty moments; a billow of gras richness comes in mid-palate. It extends discreetly, moves well through the palate, has flair. Drink à la table over aperitif – cheese would be great, pastas. 12.7°. 2018-19  Nov 2013

2011

pale, quite bright yellow. The nose shows flan with a slight earthiness. It would benefit from decanting to free it up. Has airs of iodine, nougat. The palate has a simple, easy style. The flavour combines citrus-mandarin with a light hazelnut grip after half way. All very orderly, a safe bet. Pretty clear finish here. A little clinical, but sound wine. 13°. To 2016. Nov 2012

2010

pretty and bright yellow; has an open aroma, a white fruits air with a slight lactic, milken presence which is dispelled once the glass is shaken. The nose has depth and foundation. The palate presents refined, clear white fruit with apricot and a light hazelnut flavour, is all very balanced and tidy. It drinks well solo now. The fruit is ripe, picked just before it becomes too ripe. A polished white Crozes that finishes nice and steady, with no dip. 13°. 2016-17 Nov 2011