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The Wines

100% Roussanne from granite, red clay, rolled stones, deep soils at Les Champs, Opateyres (1946-50 at Tournon, the back side of Les Oliviers), fermented, raised 35% vat, 65% 5-15 year 228-litre oak casks 10-12 months, best decanted

2015

1) **** (Les Champs, used 600-litre oak cask, 5-6 gm of sugar still to ferment) airborne, tender nose with nut and peach airs. The palate comes en finesse, holds precise juice, and has very bonny, elegant length. Stylish, nicely tight. 9-10 years. 2) ****(*) (low part of Opateyres, more sand and loess than clay, 600-litre oak cask, sugars finished) shiny yellow. Lime-melon air, also peach – a well defined nose. This dances along on the palate, has a real skip in its step, lovely grip and puckish length – it is very clear and pure, with steady body. It is very long, and there is a real good fresh thread through it. 11 years. Dec 2015

2010

bright, light yellow, wee green tints. There is a floral first air, backed by white fruit jam and definite fennel. It is a well founded bouquet that presents a good, secure start. There is a good ensemble on the palate – dried fruits, grip and some tannin late on that demands food such as poultry. Attractive and charming wine. Tender wine, with depth, good balance. 12.5°. 2020-22 March 2012

2008 ()

full, marked yellow robe; the aroma reflects the air of white jam – apricot and peach – and what I would term some passion fruit zap. The palate has a salty first tang, offers nice tight grip, is expressive. Dried fruits in the flavour, quiet late flesh on this. It is very Roussanne in its rather sturdy nature under the airy outer, is ready now, suited best to foods. To 2013. Nov 2009

2006

even yellow, ripe lemon colour; balanced nose – lime and citrus influences with plenty of potential behind that outer ring; the air brings pineapple but a very clear air nonetheless. The palate has a bright acidity, real good grip and length. Very good style in this, a dancing freshness on parade. There is a feather duster touch on the palate, great purity and fine mix of silk and steel. Has some of the saltiness of the Roussanne, and excellent supportive acidity. It is Roussanne-led, but can qualify as STGT. 13°. To 2014. Dec 2008

2003 ()

balanced bouquet, mix of honey, white pepper. Tasty wine, exotic flavours - spice and apricot, pineapple tart. Solid, structured, pretty. Full and some potency from the vintage, but not really in excess. 2011-13

2002

(cask) soft honeyed nose, ripe fruit/flowers, nicely direct. Early richness, relaxed; apricot/peach dried fruits. Sound length.

2001 ()

apricot, spice hints, lightly damp aroma; fresh rich matter at start, then is reserved, ends mineral. Pure, will show more 2006 on.

2000

floral aroma. Pretty, stylish palate. Good white fruit; the Roussanne brings more spice and tightness to the wine than a Marsanne would. Length good.