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60-70% 1960-62 Roussanne, 30-40% 1946, 1950s Marsanne from granite soils, vinified apart, fermented, raised 20% new, 80% 1-4 year 228-litre oak casks 11-12 months, malo completed, filtered, first made 1997, 7-12,000 b

2018 ()

shiny, attractive yellow robe; the bouquet is bright and well-filled, bears apricot, greengage plum fruit airs, a note of licorice, is good and up to kick things off. The palate is expressive right away, bustles along on a stream of white fruits with good verve and freshness, the extended finish bringing in a little oily ripeness into the texture. It carries weight, with the carbonic gas helping its movement. It’s most engaging, gives Marsanne in a very good light. 13.5°. 2029-30 Nov 2019  GB £127/6 b in bond The Wine Society +44(0)1438 741177 https://www.thewinesociety.com/openingoffer/Overview.aspx?offercode=wrh181

2017

yellow robe of some depth. The nose is oaked, has scale, gives a buttery, nutted, aniseed opening. Fruit is in the second tier, a small note of lime. The palate bears a steady level of richness with grip, and a slightly sudden finish. There’s a slight note of carbonic gas. It’s not yet laid out its full game plan, and will be better from mid-2019. Decant it. It has structure, and enough body for la table, including butter-based dishes, firm flavours, cheese such as Comté. 13.5°. 2027-29 Dec 2018 Previously Nov 2017 **** 1) (228-litre cask, 1970s Marsanne from granite soils on Le Cerf, sugars finished, malo not yet, bottling end Jul/end Aug 2018) **** fine yellow colour. Attractive, curvy nose with some exotic fruit such as guava airs. It’s a real granite-inspired bouquet, the Marsanne on granite, a rocky fissure, ping of mineral presence. There is joli early richness, in contrast to the nose, and a good mid-palate; it carries well to the end, bears cosy gras. This is a bonny, lemony palate. 2028-30 2) (5-year 228-litre cask) **** yellow with green robe. Orange, dried fruits, crisp nose, exotic fruits also. There is a good stream of fresh gras on the palate, with finesse on the finish. This is persistent, has good balance. This is good and fine. “It has a bit more density than 2016,” Fabrice Gripa. 2029-31 Nov 2017

2016 ()

shiny yellow robe. There is a real good ping of lift on the nose, which is fresh and dancing, with quince and guava present, very good purity and lightness of touch. “It has the style of 2014,” F Gripa. The palate is very beau, a fine wine of assured gras, a fine texture towards silk. It’s all very neat and serene, classy; the white fruits resemble pear and nectarine. It will show more over time, expand and lengthen. 2032-34 Nov 2017

2015

yellow robe, green tints. The nose is subdued, but quietly full, issues a little aniseed for now, a clear tinkle from that, with a quiet air of peach behind. The palate is full, bears a citrus influenced flavour, picks up oak as it goes, which brings a crunch and drive to the finish. This is solid but has style, and will benefit from decanting to allow it to flourish. There is a note of cooked orange on the aftertaste, a brief Marsanne assertion there. It has subtle depth. 14°. 11,000 b. 60% Rouss, 40% Mars. 2026-28 Oct 2016

2014

yellow robe. The nose is varied, has interest. It combines soft flower airs with a light aroma of peach, apricot juice, lemon grass, some oak. The palate is close-knit, not yet really revealed. It grips steadily on the finish. Decant this, but it will also benefit from another six months of bottle age. It is fresh and capable of gaining depth. The length is serious, the aftertaste glows. Work in progress. 13.5°. 12,000 b. 60% Rouss, 40% Mars. 2023-24 GB £216 12 b in bond Vine Trail +44(0)117 921 1770 www.vinetrail.co.uk GB £98/6 b in bond Wine Society www.thewinesociety.com Oct 2015

2013 ()

yellow, quite a pale robe. Has a salty, spiced nose, dried fruits airs and a light note of peanut oil. The palate holds agreeable, rolling white fruit - peach, a little apricot - and some good style content as it ends, roundly, clearly, with joli length. There are hints of verbena in the flavour. Good, stylish Saint-Péray. 13.5°. 12,000 b. €19.50 export. 2019-21  GB £103/6 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com  Jan 2015

2012

mild yellow; has an interesting nose that carries mystery, some nut, white plum, light vanilla pod and notes of aniseed and cooked orange. The palate is stylish, with enough heart to sustain involvement; it suggests drinking with refined dishes, poulet de Bresse, good free range chicken, cabillaud (fresh water fish). It is a progressive, well made St-Péray that gets there by stealth more than by power or forcing. Serve not too chilled in a large glass. Precise wine whose subtle feed of length is appealing. 13.5°. To 2020  Nov 2013

2011 ()

fine yellow robe. Aniseed and hazelnut tally well together on the front nose; peach and acacia flowers are present, with a typical Saint-Péray tang of saltiness. The palate offers an intricate mix of fruit and more substantial, nutted flavours. It expands steadily on the later palate, has good length and gives a tickle of late acidity. It needs time to fuse – is not an obvious wine. Has something of a red wine in its make-up and late grounding. From late 2014. Decant. Drink with foods, not solo. 13.5°. 2023-24  Nov 2012

2010

steady yellow; oak and hazelnut lead the bouquet, which is well assured, deep, still young. The Marsanne is on top on the attack, brings dried fruits, hazelnut and grip to the start, before it reaches out well, the style of the Roussanne taking up the running. Concise, a bit closed now towards the finish, still shows oak touches. Decant, or from mid-2012. 13.5°.  2020-22. Nov 2011  Previously March 2011 ****(*) (70% Marsanne, 30% Roussanne, 3 year 600-litre oak cask) ****(*) light yellow; good, varied nose – nutty airs. Fine gras here, this has class, is a good, pedigree wine. (Roussanne from Rabatte, 228-litre oak cask, sugars done, malo not yet) **** pale; light candy, fragrant air. Attractive gras, this is really good and runs with excellent continuity. Is balanced, ends gracefully, very good richness. 13.5° or so. 2023-24. March 2011

2009

firm yellow. Has a waxy, stylish aroma, an underlying air of nut – this pursues a good path, hazelnut, runs consistently. This is good, tight, stylish: it bears an assured fragrance, is very pure. There is a note of light orange zest, attractive length, a tinkle of clarity. Very beau, pure, STGT wine. It ends on richness, measured depth and balance. It is remarkable given that this was a hot, solar year – not a natural setting for a fine wine. 14°. 2021-22  July 2015 Previously March 2011 **** 50% Marsanne, 50% Roussanne this year, small crop: trim yellow robe. The bouquet is fine, offers lightly toasted airs, peach fruit aroma – nothing fat or obvious, is a “come and get me” wine. The palate continues well from the nose, with an attractive gain in weight and expression, a belle sequence. Good gras here. It is a fine wine with a touch of late flan, white raisin, the length good. Good quality, interesting. 14.5°, pH of 3.0. “It has matter that you can plant a fork in. The Marsanne pleased me enormously so I used more this year – this is the style of Saint-Péray that I like,” Fabrice Gripa. 2020-22 March 2011

2008

clear, pale yellow, green tints. Smoky, gunflint first aroma, with honeysuckle, floral aromas around it. The palate is salty, offers dried white fruits and jam – the palate has a ticking heart, really sound depth. Light honey on the aftertaste. It is certainly up a scale over Les Pins. This is striking - a deep body, then the elegance and persistence arrive. w.o.w. wine, one for fine dining. “It has a very long, mineral run – I am content. This year is balanced, then that is followed by good acidity. The wine has integrated well with its elevage (raising),” Fabrice Gripa. Bottled end August 2009. 2016-17. Dec 2009

2007

level yellow robe; slight evolution on the nose, which shows honey and dried fruits, an accurate honey-hazelnut air that is typical of Marsanne and Roussanne together. The palate also shows some advance, has an oxidative angle like the nose; it is still fresh and alert on the finish, thanks to a mandarin style aftertaste. This is very good with foie gras – it takes it well, freshens even. Sound body, good length here. To 2015.  Nov 2011  Previously Dec 2008 **(*) flinty yellow robe; the nose has a toasted air from its oak, while within there lies fruit such as pear. The palate also has a toasted debut – overtly so – but there is a little gain in depth as it goes. It ends roundly, showing minor levels of power, and local feel. There is good space in this wine, a freedom that allows its to flow well. The end is agreeably chewy, and food will be better than the aperitif route. From late 2009. Bottled Sept 2008. “It is now starting to come together after its bottling 3 months ago, “ Fabrice Gripa. 2016-17 Dec 2008

2006 ()

pale citrus, yellow robe; the aroma is buttery, with a little definition and clarity in it, reveals apricot and a little spice, extends well. The palate starts harmoniously with a nice typical Marsanne bitter note: this is a clear-toned wine of some grip. Ends on a crisp note, with a little banana and some oak. Cool and elegant. Some heat on the aftertaste. 2016-17 Jan 2008, Sussex Previously Jan 2008, Rhône *** mild yellow. Greengage, lime aroma that is refined, and has a fresh top note with pockets of mineral. The palate shows a little honey and a pretty oaking, with dried fruits and some spcie in the flan flavour. The length is good, and quietly secure. Has more to offer, is a well-shaped wine with bonny richness. Is all very harmonious, and ends on its oak at present. w.o.w. wine. 2014-16 Jan 2008

2005 ()

full yellow robe; buttery, flan aroma – the bouquet is graceful, the oak OK, meaning toast rather than wood. Well-integrated dried fruit flavour on palate, with a salty sinew. The length is solid and good. There is more to come from this reserved wine – it’s wide and has the dimension to live and develop. Slight tannic ending. Comes in the house style of closed, reserved wines when young. From 2008. 2015-16 Nov 2006

2004

some yellow here. Bouquet is a cellar-defined tangle of honey, vanilla and white fruit, with oak and banana - is cool overall. Lightly chewy texture, the oak is in pole position, and the wine is in transition as it is absorbed. Banana flavour, with a mineral end from its place and the direct vintage. Sound wine, but wait if you want local imprint and more richness from 2007 on, for instance. Its clear, almost fragrant finish indicates Roussanne (tasted blind) - within there is sound richness that takes in the finale. 2014-16 June 2006

2003

honey, dried apricot and a few exotic fruits on nose - is harmonious and can go places. Good variety of flavours, led by dried fruits, its richness is understated now, and there is a crisp, tangy aftertaste. Structured wine of good length. I would love to try it in around 2008-09 when I bet it's really strutting. 2013-15 Dec 2004

2002 ()

quite broad, restrained bouquet, dried bananas here as often the case. Flan, white peach flavours, apricot in mid-palate. Live wine, this year the Marsanne bitter hint shows up. Stylish, good wine. 2011-12 Sept 2004 Previously *** spring flowers, quite controlled white fruit bouquet, salty tang also. Sinewy white fruit, white pepper, dried peach skins. Has character, can age well. Especially around 2007/08. 2010-12

2001

oily, light toast aroma; chewy, citrus tart flavour, deep. Clear-cut, especially good drinking in 2005 when it will be more ample. Classy. 2011-12

2000 ()

a magnum: deep yellow robe. Has a crunchy, very Marsanne bopuquet withj a centre of orange marmalade. The palate holds beau content, a flavour of cooked citrus fruits, cosy gras richness. This is really stylish, squeezy, well textured, with fine grain grip at the end. It is going very well. Great with Vieille France cuisine, butter-based dishes. 2024-25 Apr 2016 Previously *** aromatic, cooked fruit/flan; white fruits, tight mineral texture, expect oak to absorb by 2004. Sound. 2010-11