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The Wines

100% Viognier (1982) from a rented 0.24 hectare plot on Vernon, 67-75% fermented, raised 2 year 225-litre oak casks, 25-33% steel vat fermented, raised 7-8 months, lees stirred, malo completed, first wine 2012, 1,000-1,320 b

2018 ()

pale yellow; apricot, ripe peach, musky aroma on the nose. The palate strikes an easy, fat chord, holds fleshy content, sound length, builds a little towards the close, has a pear in syrup flavour. It’s table wine that beats the heat, works on texture, is calm. 14°. €26. Bottled May 2019. To 2022 Dec 2019

2017 ()

pale yellow; the nose is authentic, on pear-apricot, has a creamy depth. There’s a bit of a power surge on the attack, is a wine with a fleshy heart. The problem is the bitter note at the end palate, which food will disguise. It shows 2017 flaws and its nature. The length is fair. I prefer the nose to the palate. 14.5°. 2021-22 Dec 2018

2014

pale robe. Has a light aroma that involves peach and apricot, wax. The palate offers an attractive small ball of gras, scented pear fruit. The texture is smooth. This is tender, light tread wine suited to the aperitif. “Aperitif or fish with this,” Gisèle Vernay. 13.5°. 1,000 b. To 2018  Dec 2015

2012 ()

pale robe. Honeysuckle, acacia, lightly oily aroma, essence of pear, some fennel. This has a tight, pear skin flavour that comes with candy-banana notes, a ripe fruit, white raisin strength as it ends. The aftertaste crunches up, is grounded. A wine for la table. It is a bit tight, on its power, and the finish lets it down. 14°. 1,320 b. To 2017  Dec 2013