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60% 1945 Marsanne and replacements, 40% 1945 Roussanne and replacements from La Bouvate et Les Rennes at Larnage, more young Marsanne than Roussanne planted because R fears oïdium, mostly steel vat fermented, then raised 2-3 year 228-litre oak casks 10 months (was 7-8 year oak 12-13 months until 2006), then vat 4-5 months, malo completed, 600-2,000 b

2018

(used 228-litre cask, malo completed) there are only 3.5 casks this year: deep yellow. Grilling, toasted airs with tangy quince plum fruit, cooked lemon, on the nose, which gives a firm opening. The palate holds good richness with a vibrant nature within; it moves along throughout, persists with some sparkle, definition, is a touch more fresh than 2017, even if there is analytically less acidity than 2017, and a lot less than 2012 and 2015. It shows lift along the second half, holds good core, leads into a grippy Marsanne close. It’s a bit more direct than 2017, which is very firmly founded. It will amplify. This is real sure fire Crozes blanc. “It is supple, has a lot of gras,” Marc Sorrel. 14.1°. 2033-35 Nov 2018

2017 ()

(steel vat, bottling spring 2019) gleaming yellow robe; has a fat, rather hearty bouquet, almost opulent, peach with apricot skin, has a comfy depth. The palate is nutty, glycerol laden, so its texture is squeezy, cooked citrus in the flavour. It’s rather complex on the quiet, lengthens with almond and aniseed notes. It’s high interest, way to go Crozes blanc, right out of the loop. There’s Marsanne tang on the close, a wee note of bitter. This has the matter to live, will go well with sauced dishes. 14°. “It’s intense, concentrated,” Marc Sorrel. 2032-35 Nov 2018

2016

(used 228-litre cask, bottling Apr 2018) yellow robe with a rich aspect. There is attractive richness on the nose, orange and tangerine mixed, with brioche baked bread, tangy ginger, grapey and mango notes. The palate is fat, bears the proper richness of old vines, makes a real good statement. Has a deep texture, and finishes a bit on oak, thrust, Marsanne tang, a hint of tannin. It closes with grip. There’s a lot of wine in the glass. This is for la table; it gives a very good mixing of Roussanne and Marsanne – the gras of Roussanne at its mid-palate, the grip of Marsanne on the end. “It’s very fine,” Marc Sorrel. From late-2018. 2029-30 Nov 2017

2015

(used 228-litre cask) the robe has a rich-looking aspect. Coconut, honey, cinnamon airs show on the nose, with nougat. It has good clack, freshness. The palate is textured, holds gras with fluid richness, good density from within. It grips well late on. Lime, cool dried fruits, peach flavours mingle. 13.2°. 2027-28 Apr 2016 Previously Dec 2015 **** (cask, sugars and malo both completed) shiny yellow colour. The nose is good and deep, showing ripe fruit that leans towards mango, also white peach, with nutmeg also: it is a good ensemble already. There is a good heartbeat to this; it lengthens well, on freshness, and its content is prolonged. It is richer than the 2014. The flavour resembles peach near the stone. It is balanced, and the finish is clear. “2014 may have more acidity than 2015,” Marc Sorrel. 13.5°. 2028-29  Dec 2015

2014

(tank, bottling spring 2016) shiny yellow robe. The bouquet features hawthorn blossom, with wax and varnish, then hazelnut behind: it is upfront and on the go. The palate starts cautiously, is tight-knit, carries good central gras richness, before more rocky, cut late moments. This is a well structured keeping white wine, fresh and sustained. It has very good body and the finish is nutty, grippy. Good length completes a great picture for this drink at table wine. 600 b, like the 2013. 2027-28  Dec 2015

2013 ()

yellow robe. Aniseed, fennel, clear strike nose with latent spice. The palate holds nuggety, tight dried fruits and vanilla. This is well woven, intricate and its fullness is bonny, appealing. Peach and spice feature. It closes well on a fresh finish. It is subtle, complex, is come and get me wine rather than being obvious and outward. It has good late structure. 12.5°. 2025-26  Apr 2016 Previously Jan 2015 ****(*) (cask, bottling April 2015) glowing deep yellow robe. Wax, varnish, mixed aroma of interest, apricot, white flowers, honey. Has a ginger, orange marmalade flavour, good fat, a rolling ball of content. It finishes with vanilla and spice, showing very good acidity there. It is ripe and vivacious, a fantastic coupling, and the length good. It combines glycerol and freshness in winning fashion. Very good; it is a mini-Hermitage. 13.5°. “The crop was ridiculous – 10 hl/ha – due to the very cold weather in the spring, so there was a terrible budding. Always wait 1 to 2 years for this after bottling,” Marc Sorrel. 2027-29  Jan 2015

2012

(used 228-litre oak cask, to be racked, then in vat in 2-3 weeks before April 2014 bottling) full yellow, a rich look here. The bouquet is well-filled, offers good depth of white fruit, a rich essence. It isn’t very open, but there is a promising amount here. The palate holds good gras and grip together, has content, is nicely ensemble. “It has refined since the start, its acidity has settled in, and it has become more velvet,” Marc Sorrel. Right up for pork, chicken in sauce, cheese. Very good – it lengthens well, is STGT, has a thorough finish. It combines well the nutty moments of the Marsanne with the finesse of the Roussanne. Very good gras richness. 60% Marsanne, 40% Roussanne. Previously Nov 2012 ***(*) (tank, doing its malo) pretty, aromatic nose that is wide, too, has decent depth, more than the 2011. The palate is elegant, good continuity through it, finishing completely – it collects well at the end. 10 years  Nov 2012

2011

(228-litre cask, bottling April 2013) pale yellow; has a ripe, jam fruit air of lime , greengage, peach and spice, a light note of honey. The palate grips on the attack, has a dried fruits, apricot, spiced flavour, ends on a good tang with gras behind it. Tight, low profile, but will emerge. Light vanilla near the finish. Decant this. 2020-21. Usually 1,500 b – this year high yields gave 2,000 b. “With the high yields, the white is on its fruit, and can be drunk early,” Marc Sorrel.  Nov 2012

2010

(cask, bottling in April 2012) gold glints, a full yellow colour. The nose is rich, has waves of depth, the fruit rather like pineapple, and comes with honey and hazelnut. The palate is also rich, but it is lucid after half way, so is not static. Round, complete, fine wine. Classic white wine from Larnage – it has that slice of clarity late on, and its Marsanne is very typical. Has character, and that excellent clarity. “I find it mineral,” Marc Sorrel. STGT wine. 13°. 2021-23 Nov 2011

2009 ()

(cask, from Jan to March 2011 will be in vat prior to bottling) full yellow, apricot tints. Rich, candied nose, Marsanne in the lead with fine Roussanne behind. Has a nutty flavour, good grip; a traditional style wine, taste of orange marmalade. Has a solid, food-friendly richness. Rich, very 2009 in style. Nice sturdiness along with fine acidity, and a very clear finale. Well structured, also. 2019-21 Nov 2010

2008

(cask, set for bottling, was on its fine lees until March 2009) yellow robe has gaps in the colour; candy, hazelnut nose. The palate has a straight approach, runs like an arrow. Has a light bouquet and palate, the palate tasting of mild almond, vanilla. Undeniably light wine. “It has evolved – at first it was very acid, and I think it will gain if left until April 2010,” Marc Sorrel. 12°, only 15 hl/ha, very low yield this year, usually is 25 hl/ha. 2015-16 Dec 2009

2007

pale yellow. Soft, easy aroma that will benefit from decanting – it involves honey and quince in contrast to one another, and a little baked apple. The palate starts tightly – shows a nutty flavour, but the definition is not precise. There is late heat, and this wine needs two years – it isn`t together yet. Gives a sense of late burn – its alcohol is not truly inside it. A rather rough n`ready wine that has a sherry style and is not up to the usual standard. 13°. 2018-19 Dec 2009 Previously Dec 2008 ** (steel vat) sure yellow colour; pineapple chunks, dried fruits, Ukrainian white raisin aroma, with mineral glints. The palate has a light touch richness, gains weight as it goes, has late strength. The flavour reflects honey, dried fruits. A bit raw now, but there is local essence in this. The end is full, rather charged, but is only 13° selon le patron. To be bottled March 2009. A wine for food – white meats, for instance. 2017-19 Dec 2008

2006 ()

(steel tank, pre-bottle) very yellow colour; Marsanne dominates the nose that is very broad, with a marmalade aroma and a light buttery underlay. The palate shows a good mix of grip and fat, with a good peppery outer. Goes towards being chewy, has a weave of Marsanne bitter with some freshness from the Roussanne. The finish is tight and peppery, the aftertaste fresh. There is some substance here. 13°. 2014-16 The acidity is normal this year, to be bottled March 2008. “I find quince in it,” M.S. Nov 2007

2005 ()

soft yellow colour; has a spiced nose with some quince in it – is more austere and firmer than the 2006. Is a bit hidden now, and could almost be a southern Rhône. The palate grips tightly, is a woven wine of nutty character and a good flow. It has a slight tannic lining, but a good clear finish. STGT wine. Has a bitter, tight finish with a solid, white raisin presence. Good length. Esp 2009 on. 13°. Must be drink with food. 2019-21 Nov 2007 Previously April 2006 (cask) *** full colour. Rich core matter here, is full, and clean towards the finish. April 2006

2004

firm yellow. Dried fruits bouquet with plenty of content and harmony, suggests it can age and evolve. Oily, substantial wine, the palate is full and honeyed with a fresh lift and good length. Iodine tang on the finish from the Roussanne. Will enlarge and round out further. STGT. 2018-20 April 2006

2002 ()

broad, earthy, buttered nose; gently cooked fruit, some life, fair weight. Malo not done this year.

2001

ripe, grapy aroma; fleshy, warm, full. Persistent gras, honey aftertaste, nicely buttered. Serious wine.

2000 ()

gentle, touch of honey aroma. Tight white fruit, smoky end, tight-knit wine. Stylish, can develop well. Esp around 2003-04.

1999

wholesome, full nose, potential. Chewy, partly spiced white fruits, tiny cask at end. Very orderly, good grip, interesting.