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100% Roussanne from a 0.65 ha plot on Beau Renard (N-W), 2 week new 228-litre oak cask fermentation at 18°C, raised 8 months, malo partly completed, 1,800-2,500 b

2018 ()

firm, glinting yellow robe; the bouquet carries southern weight, exotic fruit such as pineapple, with oaking firmly in the picture. The palate bears ripe, rich content, is more copious than most, has a white raisin persistence, and strength, latent power, on the finish. It’s a Big Production suited to showy dishes, full flavours. The aftertaste is nutty, sustained, firm. I would leave it until 2024, by when it will be more varied, more interesting, more enjoyable all round. 14°. 2,500 b. Bottled Apr 2019. €39. 2031-33 Oct 2019

2013

rather full yellow hue. Ripe to overripe fruit on the nose – crushed apple and pear aromas. Palate is full, with gras richness. Lots of glycerol coating the glass. Apple/pear nuance again. Slightly dry tannic finish, the oak perhaps showing here. Needs time to settle. From 2015. 14.5°. 2024-26 JL Oct 2014

2012 ()

yellow robe, with hints of pale gold. The nose starts richly – ripe Roussanne and its barley sugar, plus oak airs, a note that is near mango fruit, with toasting from the oak. The bouquet sits comfortably, is wide. The palate is a neat package: it bears smoky white fruits, followed by vanilla from the oak, leading to a licorice-aniseed aftertaste. Suitable with sauced dishes, cream sauces, Vieille France cuisine. From mod-2014 – it isn’t far away from how it should be. It will show less oak, should that be a consideration, from spring 2015. good acidity, pretty good balance. 14.5°. 2023-25  Oct 2013

2011 ()

2 bottles tasted, 1st corked. Bottle 2: quite a rich looking yellow robe. The nose shows an oaked fatness, apricot fruit, with smoke and spice present. This is a ripely textured, mature crop and oak formula wine. It gives a roll of marmalade flavour with spice from its oaking. It is a glycerol-centric wine that has hardly got going. There is quite a lot of oak, with pretty fine fruit inside, also acidity. Needs food. Sauced dishes will go well. From spring 2014. 14°. €29.20. 2020-22  Dec 2012

2010

gold tints in its yellow robe; mix of oak and pineapple, the air of a cask raised wine, with some honeyed notes on the nose. The palate is sturdy, solid; its holds gras that is closely tracked by its oak enclosure, which amounts to a tight, near tannic overcoat. Wait until spring 2014, and decant this. Suited to foods, not solo drinking: mushroom dishes, risottos, sauced fishes etc. It tapers and drifts towards the finish now, is just losing its first full energy. Best to drink this more mature. 14.5°. 2020-22  Feb 2012