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100% 1923, 1933, 1950s Marsanne, loess soil slope vineyards south-west, west facing, cool decantation after pressing, 60-70% steel vat, 30-40% 1-year 225-litre oak cask-fermented at 16°C, raised 7 months on lees (before early 2010s raised 12 months), fined, filtered, 3-4,000 b

2018 ()

clear yellow robe; the nose expresses peach, lemon curd, has refined sweetness, soft fragrance, waxen notes. The palate is supple, charming, immediate, holds appeal for drinking à table, hors d’oeuvres dishes. It’s a trifle subdued right now. There is a flavour of compote of white fruits, with honey, honeycomb towards the finish. It’s discreet, comfy Crozes blanc. 14°. To 2024 Feb 2020  GB £57/6 b in bond The Wine Society +44(0)1438 741177 https://www.thewinesociety.com/openingoffer/Overview.aspx?offercode=wrh181

2013 ()

yellow colour. This gives a note of reduction, so the nose isn’t completely clear: it shows a flan, brioche baked pastry quality, a note of banana as well. The palate is orderly, has soft richness, and very steady length – indeed the finish is one of its best moments. It is emerging out of its early shell. It grips on the finish, and shows a rocky tang as it closes. It has character in a slightly rustic, days of yore, way. 13°. 4,000 b. 40% vat. To 2022  Jan 2015

2012 ()

pale yellow; there is a light air of vanilla, oak drifting across the nose, flan and brioche present. This is lightweight, skimming wine: it gives no clear signals as it goes, unnoticed through the night as it were. It is mild at best lacks distinguishing features. 12.5°. To 2016  Nov 2013

2010 ()

glinty yellow, green tints in the robe. Smoky front bouquet – it isn`t easy to get past that. There is an air of green olives, toast – this effect is a bit clumsy but becomes more tame after 2 hours opening. The palate is subdued. It has a honeyed gras lying within, but for now lacks real open expression, true flair and fruit depth. The length is sound, but closed down. Decant this, also wait until late 2012 or 2013. It is rather cellar child-like, but may improve. Orange marmalade features in its taste. A bit made by numbers. 12.5°. 2018-19 Nov 2011

2008

(casks) rather thick yellow; almond top air, custard and pear aroma below that, then a salty tang – the nose is wide. Full, fleshy style of white, inset with Marsanne bitter-tang, and not showing a real marked moment along the palate. Ends with the fruit in retreat, has a rather spirity inlay now. Can gain more from mid-2010. 2012-13 Dec 2009

2006

pale robe; citrus, agrume aroma – laced with hazelnut that adds a bit of safety and weight – and a touch of varnish or high tone. The palate is fine-tuned – it slips along easily in a modern way, the grape variety only lightly expressed or drawn out. Best as an aperitif wine. There is late acidity, and a flavour of green apple and nut at the finish. To late 2009. Jan 2008

2005

pretty yellow; notably buttery, nicely ripe and refined bouquet, with a little honeysuckle and light honey. The palate starts with a tickle of Marsanne – almond and raisin. Flows in a steady way, its length is good and there is quite a clean finale. Nicely structured, with some end chewiness. More open from springtime 2007. Dec 2006

2004 ()

fair yellow colour. Cool fruit aroma of lime with a little butter, is stylish. Front-end loaded palate, with some dried fruits and a quite chewy texture. fades away near the end, drops away. Perfectly OK for an unprovocative aperitif. To 2008. June 2006

2002

broad, oily, light butter nose. Structured, wide flavour, with grip. Chewy/some heat near end. Can age - 2008-09

2001

light honey/mineral nose; refined white peach fruit, slight spice length, nutty end. Good weight, pretty. 2008.

1999

yellow colour; honey/some butter on nose; easy, warm flavour. Lot of Marsanne fat, creamy texture. Drink soon, a touch rustic but OK for that. Low acidity.