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Viognier (av age 15 years), 60% purchased crop, 40% purchased wine, part from gneiss soils at Condrieu, part from granite soils at Malleval, part from loose granite soils at Chavanay, fermented, raised 3-5 year 228-litre oak casks 7 months, malo completed, filtered, first wine 2014, named after great-grandfather M.Caillet who bought current cellar at Tupin in 1928, "drink with brochette of scallops, mushroom tart", up from 3,500-4,500 to 5,000-6,000 b

2018 ()

fine yellow; has an apricot-peach, honeyed aroma, comes with lift, rather good style, appealing oiliness. The palate offers joli gras, pockets of mineral, mixed white fruits’ compote. It’s fat but has nice restraint, and is all together, is a good sphere. It drinks well now, shows elegance towards the finish, has fine juice, with a taste of apricot juice on the aftertaste. There’s a tiny bit of drift on the close, but overall it’s serene, appealing. 13.5°. Bottled end April 2019. 2022-23 Feb 2020

2017

thorough yellow colour; the nose swirls on a mix of oak, tropical fruit, papaya with mandarin, apricot juice, too. The palate sets off well, better than many, since there is energy in its delivery, and it continues with refinement and clarity. The flavours are restrained, around white peach, a note of apricot. This has been well made in trying circumstances. It ends with salted tang, ready for a second glass, a rarity this year. Drink with fine fish, turbot, scallops, langoustine in sauce. 14°. 2022-23 Dec 2018

2015

fine yellow robe. The nose mixes elder berry with cooked lemon, apricot. It has a sure depth. The palate is sleekly textured, gives squeezy gras with tang, almost as if there were Marsanne present in the blend. There is a note of late freshness, induced perhaps by carbonic gas. This doesn’t quite convince as a whole – it drinks OK, but is rather loose along the second half. 14°. 4,000 b. To 2019 Oct 2016

2014

quite a full yellow colour. The bouquet is broad, comes with some style, presents an air of guava, peach jelly, a hint of banana. The palate is mingled with tropical fruits and a clear, nearly salted tang. There is some weight through the palate that will allow it go with chicken dishes, for example. 13°. 4,500 b. To 2018  Oct 2015