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The Wines

90% from St-Pierre-de-Boeuf (1991-92, 2002, a fresh zone, lime in the soil), 10% from Limony (2002-03, purchased crop), (5-10% noble rot included until early 2010s), fermented, raised 25-35% new, 65-75% 2-4 year 228-litre oak casks 11 months, malo completed, 6-10,000 b

2016 ()

sound yellow robe. The bouquet is pleasing, a good, varied mix of prompts - violets, freesia, apricot, vanilla. I like its detail. The palate is well bound together, fusing stylish content with laudable freshness. Its elegance is a top card, the subtlety not far behind. A good capture of vintage and place here, balance, length and authenticity. 13°. 2021 Sept 2018

2015

full yellow robe. The nose is full but not on show today -  there is a sense of fat, ripe white fruits, a cooked pear in syrup. The palate shows refinement on the attack, giving fine juice there. It’s stylish along the second half, has a rounded, nicely filled finale. The flavour brings in ripe peach, almond, nougat. 2022-23 Oct 2016

2014

fine yellow robe. The nose is quietly nuanced, offers peach, white plum, toasting, has some interest. The palate coasts on lime-peach fruit with fine late acidity. This is neatly bundled. It shows a little knuckle, grip, but could have more stuffing. The length is fair. 14°. To 2018  GB £300 12b i/b H2Vin www.H2Vin.co.uk orders@H2Vin.co.uk GB £133/6 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com Nov 2015

2013

yellow colour. Brioche, croissant aroma, with a fine line of cooked lemon across it. The palate is nicely together, holds a steady gras richness and finishes with some style, a fine ball of flavour, a spot of tannin there in a fresh setting. There are minor notes of oak that are absorbing well. Good balance. 13°. 7,500 b. €35.25 at the cellars. 2020-21  GB £150/6 bots in bond Berry Brothers 0800 280 2440 +44(0)207 022 8973  www.bbr.com £143/6 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com  Jan 2015 Previously Nov 2014 **** pale yellow; peach-apricot, licorice airs in a bouquet of discreet depth. The palate has a lively outer with a good core gras richness inside it. It stretches out well, is long. Pretty complete, and elegant as well, good balance to note. A grown-up white Rhône, whose freshness is good. Combines local depth with good life. 13°. 2020-21 £285 12b i/b H2Vin www.H2Vin.co.uk orders@H2Vin.co.uk  Nov 2014

2012 No Rating

pale yellow. Spicy, tightly knit bouquet but strong cork. No way. 13.3°. Nov 2013

2011

medium yellow, wee green tints. White raisin, brioche, baked fruit tart aroma of some mystery, ripe citrus, vanilla – this nose has potential. The palate has a slow-burn depth, gains and builds well and gradually. The flavour involves banana, cooked pear and apple. Has an appealing texture and a round, well-sustained finish that completes its trip well. Spice and seasoning are present in this interesting wine, suited to food. The finish is fine and stylish. 13°. To 2018  Nov 2012

2010

steady, low-key yellow. Tangy aroma, resembles mandarin fruit, on the front air, with an oak-nut backing, a secure depth. The hazelnut floats along the bouquet. The palate is well-presented, is fine, the texture combines smoothness with some crisp freshness, lime and citrus elements. It ends clearly, has good style. The freshness and the precision contrast with the static Terrases du Palat – this is much more interesting. It ends softly and evenly, has agreeable grip. 13.7°. 2017-18 Dec 2011

2009 ()

ample yellow colour; toast on the front end of the nose, with some rich, honeyed airs behind. The palate runs widely, the oak its main theme for now. Inside, the matter is rich and fine, as if old vines have given the fruit. Aniseed shows on the aftertaste, thus has cut there. There is potential here if you wait. From 2012. To 2017. July 2010 10,000 b this year

2008 ()

even yellow colour; broad, well set bouquet with filled-up ripeness, citrus airs, some restraint. Has a measured, not showy palate – the taste of pear and pear skin within, and a tight grip late on. This lacks flair – it is a touch plain, neutral on the aftertaste, so wait for more expression. The length is OK. 13.8°. From spring 2011. To 2019-20 Nov 2009 6,000 b this year

2006 ()

mid level yellow robe; scented aroma, even like scented soap, with light pear and a bit of lime behind. There is a medium, quite gentle sweep of white fruit flavour – is like a tangy peach with some flan in its texture. Is harmonious, but has no great infill or stuffing. There is bite in the palate, and this can serve as an aperitif wine. 14°. To 2009-10. Jan 2008

2005 ()

yellow robe; full, wide bouquet, mixes butter with a fresh air. There is also a little brown sugar and a mineral-oak combo. Soft, easy attack, goes right on. Beau vin – well done for early drinking. A little end oak adds some grip and renders the finish clear. Maybe best as an aperitif wine, or undemanding foods such as chicken salad, grilled fish, soft goat’s cheese. To 2009. Nov 2006

2004

full yellow robe; the bouquet pounces, with honey, pear skin and a spiced topping; it is still tight, though, with richness implied underneath. This has tightened up since a year ago. Rich, stylish palate, but reserved from half way. Holds some exotic fruits, with a tinge of oak late on. Finishes and grips clearly late on, where there is some pineapple. I expect this to get out and about late in 2007. To 2013. “It has always been easy to drink, with a greater minerality than usual for a Condrieu. It reminds me of the 2001,” Frankie Villard. Previously April 2006 soft, buttery bouquet - has a spiced charm, and an oak-toast imprint that gains ground with air. Clean, attractive palate, has good grip and clear, quite fresh flavour. A good, crisp form of Condrieu, with a discreet core. Pera-caramel flavout towards end, good weight there. Very good length, gains through the plaate and is well structured. Beau Vin. 2012 April 2006

2003

warm pear, some oak on bouquet. Pretty full palate, but has direction. Lengthens well, with a clean finale. Bit of alcohol inside the pear flavour on aftertaste. Oak lends it a tension of sorts. Leave till late 2005. 2011

2002

(cask) broad, imposing, elegant bouquet; quite fleshy, though restrained, good gras in it, generous, long. Esp 2005-06.

2001

light oak, quiet elegance and minerality on bouquet; full, quite solid start, big, square wine, from 2005-06. Pineapple, oak end, live finish, juicy. Promising.

1997

(magnum) mushroom smell on nose; the palate never really hits a moment of grace, and it is drying towards the finish. Needs drinking up. March 2009