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100% Viognier from Le Maraze (2007) & Pialon (2008) at Saint-Michel-sur-Rhône, Verlieu (2011) at Chavanay, rented vineyards, fermented, raised 20% new, 80% 1-year 225-litre oak casks 10 months, malo completed, 4,000 b

2018

yellow robe; the bouquet offers a rich, firm aroma, butterscotch ripeness, dried apricot, white raisin, airs that lead you South. There are notes of spice, ginger in small detail. The palate is wide on the attack, cvclose-knit, built around a solid richness. The juice is compressed, not fluid, the finish compact, lip smacking. It’s a doughty, sunswept, Condrieu, but doesn’t veer into excess. It’s a table wine, not the aperitif. It can be decanted. 13°. 2024 Feb 2020

2016

pale robe; this has a pinpoint nose, is very defined, shows pear, apricot. The palate sets off on vanilla (oak influence) apricot, white peach, is a fresh nerve style of Condrieu, New Wave. I note the degree – only 12.5°, so very early cropping. It comes in an aperitif style, or to drink with starter dishes. It’s fresh as a daisy, but I’d like more depth. 12.5°. To 2022 Dec 2018