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The Wines

Viognier (1998) from 0.3 ha sandy topped (arzelle) granite soils of some depth on Faugière, with from 2017 Viognier (2000) from 0.12 ha sandy topped (arzelle) very shallow granite soils on Le Pialon at St Michel-sur-Rhône, whole bunch pressing, 24-36 hour cool decantation, steel vat fermented at 15°-16°C until specific gravity 1060, then 50% transferred into 3 year 228-litre & 2-year 400-litre oak casks 3 months, 50% transferred into steel vat 3 months, then both parts swapped, oak into vat, vat into oak another 3 months, malo completed, first wine 2014 when new oak used, “because I don’t have an extensive vineyard for this, I can harvest in a morning, fast”, has risen from 1,450 b to 3,000 b

2019 ()

(steel vat, 2.5 gm of sugar to complete, malo on the go) yellow robe. A dried fruits, rich white fruits aroma bursts out, streams well, will be generous, up front. It’s a wide and sustained bouquet. This is rich, a solar, filed, layered do with a lot of late matter. “You feel acidity on the finish, and it’s yet to go into the oak casks – that will play an important role for it,” Maxime Gourdain. 14.5°. €33 at the cellars. 2025-26 Feb 2020

2018

clear yellow robe; the nose is broad, shows apricot, is reserved but nicely fuelled, has an air of orange peel, holds pinpoint detail. There’s a very good link from nose to palate, an effortless handover, stylish gras, lovely silk between the two. There are neat pockets of citrus-tangerine, and the close is en finesse. It’s natural, beau. 14.5°. 2024-25 Feb 2020

2017 ()

fine yellow; has a nicely lateral aroma, vanilla-pear fine tuning, grapey, spring flowers’ airs – it’s a poised opening. The palate has a soft start, a pear and white peach flavour, with enjoyable density towards the finish. It ends with salted, nutty grip, peach stone tang on the close, drinks well now. The nose is rich, the palate more tender. 14°. To 2024 Feb 2020

2016 ()

yellow robe; the nose is bright, shows varnish, honey, tropical fruits, musky, glazed fruits. It’s a bit underdone, quiet. The palate has a cooked pear, white plum, nut paste flavour, a good free run into a finish on dried fruits where there is a touch of tannin – the nut flavour tuns to the back of the palate. It’s fresh, rather zippy. 13.5°. 2023-24 Feb 2020

2015 ()

pale yellow, flinty robe. Apricot-honey, tight pear, pear skin airs show on the nose. This has a good steely opening, a flash of clarity, with good grip, some late tannin. It ends on suave texture, with honey and aniseed, lime and greengage plum. This has good freshness and grip for a 2015. 13.5°. Bottled July 2016. 2020-21 Oct 2016