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50% Viognier (1983, 1987) on Chauramond next to the Condrieu appellation, 50% Viognier (early 2000s, 2010) at Verlieu, 0-80% steel vat, 20-100% used 228-litre oak cask fermented, raised 10 months, malo completed, "vineyard touches the Condrieu appellation, is just less well exposed,” 2,000-2,800 b

2018 ()

pale yellow; the nose has an immediate aroma centred on apricot juice, greengage plum airs, with honeysuckle, sultry flowers. The palate sets off with a typical Viognier pear fruiting, and a grapey next stage. It ends roundly, has a close with some intensity in the juice. 14.5°. 80% oak, 20% vat. To 2022 Dec 2019

2017 ()

pale yellow; elder flower, white peach aroma, buttery notes.  The palate is right there now, offers tender citrus, orange touches, apricot, fine freshness, is stylish, very good in its grade. It drinks great as an aperitif. The finish is clear, with a little weight. 15° - which it doesn’t show. 100% oak this year. To 2021 Dec 2019

2016 ()

(steel vat) yellow robe, green tints. Has a nutty, apricot air, peanut paste, cooked olive oil: it’s a rounded bouquet. There is early zest on the attack, citrus fruit, some carbonic gas bringing extra zest. The length is fine, tender, assured. It is delicate along the palate, has a pear, pear skin flavour, with notes of elder berry. 13°. To 2020 July 2017

2015 ()

yellow robe. There is lovely aromatic roundness in a super bouquet – Mirabelle plum, peach present. The palate holds good, tucked-in content, a flavour of pear and pear skin, white strawberry, with honeysuckle in the glass. The finish is intricate, with subtle prompts. “This vineyard touches the Condrieu appellation, is just less well exposed,” André Perret. 14.5°. 2,000 b. To 2020 Oct 2016

2014 ()

clear, pale yellow. Peach, brioche baked bread aroma in an interesting bouquet with nice freshness, has a good, airborne quality. This is good: it is fresh, live, attractive, is a real good vin de pays, one that engages you – this ignites me. There is a flavour of pear fruit. It is great drinking, lucid, stylish, w.o.w. 12.5°. To 2018 Oct 2015