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80-100% Marsanne, 0-20% Roussanne (late 1970s-late 1980s), from purchased crop on Les Faures, Biousse (southern area), fermented using wild yeasts, raised mix of used oak casks and large oak barrel (25-60% steel vat used until early 2010s) 9 months, lees stirred, filtered, can be called Amphore d’Argent, 7-10,000 b


yellow, attractive robe. The nose is inviting, fresh, has airs of pear, cooked lemon, vanilla from oak, has good citrus cut, verve. This drinks well and effortlessly, and will be great for cold cuts, starters. It has a lime-peach flavour with a note of restraint on the finish. It’s neat wine with good fruit purity and elegant gras, just better à table than solo thanks to its trim richness. There is spearmint on the aftertaste, encouraging another sip. It gives crystal clear, “up” drinking, will please, is a w.o.w. wine. 13.5°. 2021 Apr 2018


fine yellow robe. Classic, expressive Marsanne airs start the nose - ginger, apricot, roast hazelnut. The palate holds a fine gras richness, travels quietly, ends on a rounded shape, white fruit jelly there. This is a trim, New Wave Saint-Péray that drifts after the attack; the top wines give more, and interest more. 13.5°. 100% Marsanne. To 2018  Oct 2015 

2013 ()

shiny yellow colour. Has a creamy, flan-stewed fruits aroma, pretty secure and deep; there is also a light nuttiness that is typical of the Marsanne. The palate starts cautiously, holds gras richness, and that carries it along; this has traditional virtues led by its glycerol. It gives notes of citrus and tangy orange marmalade, stewed pear, as it ends. Has a quiet grace. 13.5°. 100% Marsanne, 10,000 b, €8.10 export. 2020-21 Jan 2015

2011 ()

medium depth yellow. Lime-lemon jam fruit air, cooked pear with ginger and cloves behind. The palate offers easily enjoyable white fruit jam flavour, peach and apricot – this provides a bonny spot of richness before the Marsanne grip kicks in, its note of bitter. Authentic, STGT, suited to roast fowl, white fish, perhaps also gambas. 13.5°. 100% Marsanne. To 2019.  Nov 2012

2010 ()

quite pale yellow; varnish and green asparagus aroma – unusual – and hazelnut tart – it is dumb, not really out and firing. The palate also shows its first stage of shutting down; it holds gras, but its sides are close together and compress its expression. If drinking this now, decant it. It continues steadily on to a rounded finish. Is fine, but lightly muscular, and best suited to foods, for example chicken, or spiced dishes. From late 2012. 13.5°. 2018-19 Nov 2011

2009 ()

steady yellow; rather muscular bouquet – licorice, honey, roasted nuts, custard or crème patisserie. The bouquet is set to vary and bring extra interest. The palate is ample, and delivers gras, plenty of content that is ripe and buttery. Sound length – it stretches out to a fresh, nutty, complete finish, has some late glow about it. A wine for food, more than the aperitif. Drinks OK now. 100% Marsanne this year. To 2014-16. July 2010

2008 ()

full yellow; soft, creamy nose that reflects apricot and barley sugar, lime. The palate is agreeable, carries mineral with some oaking, ends on a pepper freshness. To 2014. July 2010

2007 ()

light yellow; brioche, baked fruits and banana aroma with some oak in it - the bouquet holds up well. The palate is enclosed, with a mineral nature from half way: it is a wine of some body, best suited to food rather than the aperitif. It ends firmly. Has its feet on the ground, is a likeable do. 13.5°. To 2012-13 Dec 2008

2006 ()

some yellow in the colour; has a cellar-driven nose composed of oak and butter that feed off a ripe crop. A few airs of flan and hazelnut circulate as well. This is a pretty filled-up wine, with an extract guided by the grower in the cellar. There is a definite mark of dried fruit, oak and again a rather dry texture late on from the oak. Is a bit demanding, and low on pleasure for now. Try from late 2008 and hope the finish softens. It can tick on until 2013. Jan 2008


opaque robe, with a tint towards gold. Nose shows baked tart and is buttery, creamy, with pear traces and some cooked sugar. Dried fruits taste on palate, and the grape mix works well, as if the Roussanne is here to refine the Marsanne. Good, decisive end – the length works fine. Some light flan flavour on the finale. There is a reserve about this that leaves it rather unmade. Wait. From late 2007 best. 2012-14 Nov 2006