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The Wines

100% Marsanne from 3 plots on Les Faures (1975, late 1988-1993, 1996, sand loose stone granite), selected in the cellar, decanted at 8-10°C, fermented 13-18°C over 3 months, raised 60% new oak for 9 months, then 10 months 1-6 year oak casks, and 40% 1-6 year oak casks 19 months, weekly lees stirring over 6 months, malo completed, first wine 2006, “I pick late to lose acidity, and make it easier to drink”, 2,200 b

2011 ()

(cask) yellow robe. This has  a fat, oily bouquet, the fruit not easy to define, lies low, perhaps a peach-apricot combination, some tangerine, with ginger spots. It is a big capacity nose overall. The palate flavour centres on greengage plum, with ripe lime flavouring, peach, dried fruits, and is static, not expressive. 1) it needs decanting; 2) it needs time; 3) it needs time, which will help it to emerge. The aftertaste reflects white raisin and vanilla. The style here is pretty fat; it is rather loose along the palate. Fusion will come, and it will satisfy. From spring 2014. To 2019-20  Nov 2012

2008

clear, quite full yellow robe; oak sidles around the nose, where there is a gentle pear and toast combo. The palate has a early, fine expression, clear moments: it is a fine wine with enough matter to continue securely. Light aftertaste of honeycomb and hazelnut. Has mineral in its flavour. Suited to the aperitif. 2014-15 July 2010

2007

solid, broad nose that gives hazelnut and toast, prominent air of dried fruits. The palate is manly, tight knit, ends on a saline feel, A grounded, full wine with the oak finishing it off. It needs to soften – is rather stiff now. 13.7°. From 2011. 2016-18 Nov 2009