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Roussanne from limestone soils on Vaudieu, 50% new, 50% 1-2 year 228-litre oak cask fermented, raised 8 months, 2,000 b

2018

firm yellow colour; the bouquet reflects the colour, shows white raisin, vanilla, a thick aroma also engendered by vigorous oaking. It’s a broad, filled start. The palate is well coated with a smooth texture, notes of nuts, and little white truffle, is rich towards the finish. It’s a wine of gourmandise, carries its flavour long, and will set up well for sauced dishes, butter-based preparations. The aftertaste is lip-smacking. 14°. 2,000 b. Bottled May 2019. 2028-30 Oct 2019

2016

full yellow robe, gold tints. The bouquet is fat, honeyed, nutty, with the ripeness of Roussanne that brings guava, a hint of the tropics, plus infused tea, oak caramel, butter into the equation. The palate is immediately on a rich but fluid start, bears tangy dried fruits flavours, white peach, apricot present. This is buttery wine, the oak contributing to that. There’s a glow of the south and the sun on the aftertaste. It’s a trifle static overall, is for small sips and sauced dishes, a certain solemnity of occasion. The centre palate is tasty, well sustained, and it carries something of a red wine in its composition. I am not surprised to see the label state 15° - ie 15.5° - because that strength is on the prowl on the late stages. Decanting essential. It won’t age that fast, so can be kept. From 2021. 2032-34 Feb 2019