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from 1 ha Viognier (2000), sprinkle of Roussanne, fermented, raised 3-4 year 228-litre oak casks 8 months (until late 2000s was 33-67% vat, 33-67% 2-8 year old 228-litre oak cask fermented, raised), malo completed, no lees stirring, first made 2003, 15,000 b

2018 ()

pale, shiny yellow; the nose has a honeyed, apricot aroma, peach skin, a note of aniseed, is a nicely rolling opening. The palate continues well, plump content with compote or stewed fruit flavours, apricot, butter, peach tones, with a wee drop of grip on the close. It bears a good foundation of richness that isn’t in excess. It’s appealing, easy, for la table. “I picked very early to keep freshness,” Stéphane Ogier. 12.5°. To 2022 Dec 2019 £72/6 b in bond The Wine Society +44(0)1438 741177 https://www.thewinesociety.com/openingoffer/Overview.aspx?offercode=wrh181

2017 ()

pale yellow; has a good, vigorous nose that is out and about, shows pear, pear skin, apricot juice, has good cut and strength, is ensemble. There’s a creaminess in the palate, supple content, good fresh sides, cut, pebbly notes, slight late glow; it persists fully. It’s a tiny bit exerted, bit holds good fullness for la table. 14°. To 2022 GB £178 per 12 b i/bond H2Vin quintessentially@h2vin.co.uk +44(0)203 073 6655  Nov 2018

2016 ()

½ bottle: yellow robe. Has a live and prominent bouquet, lots of impact; it swirls with peach, apricot, ginger snap, is exuberant. This has good style, fills the glass well, is a wine for la table, including butter-based dishes. It holds plump richness, has a flavour of nectarine, quince, has discreet grip also. It comes with good gusto and content for a vin de pays. 12.5°. To 2020 Nov 2017

2014

yellow robe. Has a free wheeling nose that shows pear skin, apricot, barley sugar, leaves a pretty rich impression. The palate is well tuned, a ripe wine for la table, has a compote of white fruits flavour, pineapple at the end, along with vanilla. Good depth, nicely thorough. 12.5°. “2014 was a fantastic year, superb, for the Viognier,” Stéphane Ogier. To 2020  April 2016 Previously Nov 2015 *** pale yellow; the bouquet is a bright affair, gives a lively pear, citrus aroma, a wee spot of vanilla, has some depth. The palate is rather creamy, bears apricot fruit with enough late grip to finish well, the end clear. Direct drinking solo, or with salads. 12.5°. To 2018  GB £150 12b i/b H2Vin www.H2Vin.co.uk orders@H2Vin.co.uk Nov 2015

2010 ()

pale yellow, flint robe. Has a broad, well-couched pear aroma that shows finesse and depth, along with good Viognier typicity. There is some smoke from its oak. The palate starts on baked fruit and flan flavour in a firm setting. It is nice and tight, and will do well for the aperitif. The finish is tender, restrained, with notes of pear and apricot in its mineral cut. Good wine of fine features. 12.5°. To 2017 Feb 2012

2008 ()

pale yellow; rich, fat cooked pear aroma backed by slight hazelnut. The palate is also richly endowed, offers cooked white fruits, ends on a clear note, not at all heavy. Expressive and not overdone, with a good, tangy, air-filled exit. Comes in a modern, racy style, can do both aperitif and food. 12.5°. To 2014 or so.

2007

yellow, light gold colour; cooked pear aroma mixed with banana, apricot – a rich inclination. The palate has a crumble pie, cooked brown sugar debut – has a hearty manner and a solid end. Brioche, lime tart flavours here. 12.5°. To 2012. Dec 2008

2006 ()

(half bottle) enticing, open nose of lively pear – needs to be served cool. Pretty roundness early on the palate, is based on fat rather than freshness. Has full style, is a bit of a boudoir wine. Can go with food, beyond aperitif. Has a clear finale, with nice persistence.

2004

spice, lightly buttered and apicot aroma, also carries some typical pear - pretty bouquet. Good grip on attack, holds a decisive flavour. Good for aperitif. Steel here, this is designed to be fresh. Wee bit short. 12.5 degrees, and early bottling. June 2006