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100% Roussanne from galet stone covered clay-limestone soils on Cansaud (1993) & sandy soils on Relagnes (2009), total 0.45 hectare, 50% new, 50% 1-year 228-litre oak cask fermented at 16°C, raised in new & 1-year year 228-litre oak casks 5-6 months, lees stirred, malo blocked, 1,500-1,700 b

2018

yellow robe; has a curvy, nicely ripe bouquet, exotic fruits, mango, pineapple, some usual Roussanne references, carries style in a tender fashion. The palate gives lucid, nicely sustained white fruits, apricot-peach, gathers a little oak towards the finish. It comes with fine acidity, well judged, and there are iron touches. Notes of butter, aniseed come through near the finish, while oak on the aftertaste can absorb. “It’s very buttery, honeyed,” Thomas Magni. 14°. 1,500 b. Bottled Feb 2019. Decant it. From mid-2021. 2032-33 Oct 2019

2017 ()

quite a full yellow colour. Has a coolly fruited aroma, peach, discreet apricot, a note of vanilla from the oak; it bears sun, some intensity. The attack is broad, carries weight, digs in, holds firm gras, is a typical 2017, tightening now I feel, so leave until 2023, and decant it. Good local weight lies at its centre. There are aniseed-tangy citrus touches along the palate. The oak gives a bit of toffee at the end. 2018 has better balance. 14.5°. €36. 2033-34 Oct 2019

2016 ()

yellow robe. A ginger, tangy, oaked aroma leads, a nose that also shows notes of mandarin, dried fruits. It has a typical Roussanne grapiness. The palate gives a rolling richness, is nice and broad, smoothly textured until a little knot of late grain tannin, low-key tannin. There is a fine spine of freshness. It’s just a bit dumb, in a holding moment. Decant it, to get it to burst out more. The second half of the palate is refined, then some glow comes through on the aftertaste. This is authentic. 14.5°, high enough. 2024-25 Jan 2018

2015 ()

yellow robe, with legs visible. The nose centres on ripe nectarine, gives the sunny depth of the vintage, has a note of camomile. The palate bears ripe, textured white fruits with a small trail of saltiness towards the finish. It rolls along with supple gras, is well ordered. It will accompany pork, sauced chicken, cheese. It could give more flair, spark as it closes. 14°. 1,700 b. Bottled March 2016. 2022-23 Sept 2016

2010 ()

very light gold, full yellow colour - 1st bottle is cloudy, not right. 2nd bottle: full yellow colour; aniseed, fennel and nut aroma with oak and very ripe pineapple, almond paste. The palate revolves around a mature richness which is fat and tastes of white raisin, nearly burnt brioche bread. This will lap up well with cheese such as Reblochon or grilled, almond covered trout. Its cooked pear style is deliberately achieved - a sought-out late picking style from what seems like Roussanne (tasted blind, so got that right, phew). The length ticks over quite well. 14.5°. €23. 2021-23 Dec 2011

2006 ()

yellow-gold colour; has a spice-butterscotch aroma with a salty nature and top note – it is wide and open, the snappy nature comes with some citrus, too. The taste is of baked fruits, with also a salty, dried fruits nature. Lime tart and some melted brown sugar offer themselves. It ends on some roundness – rolls along fully, and has a tangy finale. The texture is graceful, and there is good depth from half way. It is best drunk with food, but solo not out of the question. Genuine Roussanne here – spot the orange marmalade tang on the palate. Mature, very ripe crop used here. 2014-15 July 2008