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100% Roussanne from galet stone covered clay-limestone soils on Cansaud & sandy soils on Relagnes, new 228-litre oak cask fermented at 16°C, raised in new year 228-litre oak casks 5-6 months, malo blocked, 1,700 b

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