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60% Marsanne 40% Roussanne (both 1983-2003 2003 from La Ribaudy, Blanchard at Chavanay), fermented, raised 60-70% steel vat, 30-40% 1-7 year 228-litre & 550-litre oak casks 11 months (before 2012 was 5% new, 95% 1-5 year 228-litre & 550-litre oak casks 11 months), malo completed, assembled just before bottling, lightly filtered, 7,500-9,000 b

2018 ()

pale yellow; has an easy, open, inviting bouquet, dried fruits with a crisp citrus overtone and a smudge of butter. The palate is tangy, direct, carries roast nuts, salt, white plum. This has good grip, a keen finish, is very drinkable due to bracing freshness. 13°. To 2025 Nov 2019

2017

fine yellow robe; has an ample, free nose with airs of mixed white fruits, pear, cooked pear, has thrust. The palate is grippy, close-knit, combines citrus and apricot, has a tangy finish – wee burn there. The Marsanne effect is strong. I find this slightly bumpy, and it certainly needs food. 13°. €11.05 export.  2025-26 Nov 2018

2015

yellow robe, a few green tints. The nose is led by a ripe peach aroma, with vanilla and lime backing. It’s a sure start, with depth in the aroma. The palate springs along freshly with a running line of white fruits such as peach and apricot. There is a hint of carbonic gas on the finish, where the content backs off as a result, and there is drift, droop. It’s for immediate drinking. 2019-20 Oct 2016

2014 ()

shiny, pretty full yellow robe. The nose hustles along on a wave of exotic fruits, guava jelly, a smoky quince fruit. The palate has a gentle quality, proceeds with a steady hand, finishes roundly and freshly. The flavour involves white fruit jelly such as greengage, with a note of apricot juice. The length is good, the finish fresh. 13°. 70% vat, 30% oak cask raising. 2021-22  Oct 2015 

2013 ()

steady yellow; overt, openly rich bouquet that packs immediate impact, has a glazed fruit air, an undertone of pear. There is a busty, round front aroma, possibly from the deliberate aim for especially ripe crop, and traces of tangerine as well. The palate ties in well with the nose – it has a central fat, is lightly spiced on ginger, with grain features late on, a glow of warmth there. It has the size and style to be better with food than solo – mildly spiced Asiatic, Japanese noodles, fish in saffron, steamed dishes being ideal. The aftertaste is pretty clear. This servers lots of instant flavour – it is maybe a touch flashy, but is enjoyable. Day 3: it billows out well, is nice and fleshy with a cod fish in algae and saffron. 13°. To 2018  Nov 2014

2012

rather full yellow robe, green tints. Salty air, a touch of blackcurrant bud zest with a ripe roundness of fat below: the nose presents an interesting mix of freshness and ripeness – there is plenty to consider, good volume. The palate doesn’t disappoint after the handsome nose – its content is shapely, plump and squeezy, bears genuine local gras. Salt and aniseed touches on the finish keep lift in it, with the Roussanne (40%) directly aiding that. Authentic, STGT St Joseph white. The flavour assembles flan, brioche, peach jam. Great style here. 13°. 9,000 b. 2019-20  Nov 2013

2011

pale yellow, green tints. The nose has flan, custard airs, white peach fruit – there is enough variety and nuance to entertain. The attack is fresh – this moves and drinks well. It holds the  quiet content of the year, is graceful and orderly. Good for aperitif, drinks well now. There are nutty, honey and linden notes on the aftertaste. 13°. 2016-17  Nov 2012

2010 ()

pale yellow; broadly spread nose that is oily and reflects ripe fruit; it has a peach jam air, a hint of oak and acetate in it, a hazelnut and peanut note present. The palate starts on honey and butter, is a good mouth filler, the depth comfortable. Its texture is lissom, nicely fat, before it closes in on a grain run towards the end. Ripe, rather powerful wine this year – it glows on the aftertaste. 13°. 2019-20  Sept 2012

2009

(casks) yellow robe; caramel, brown sugar aroma, vanilla within, a graceful white raisin – this is an elegant, expressive bouquet in the making. The palate has a rich, buttery take on life, and lengthens steadily without being too firm or clumsy. This is finely put together, and do well as an aperitif. 2016-17 July 2010 Previously Nov 2009 **(*) (Roussanne, tank) ** pale, flinty colour; graceful aroma, nice wafts of white fruit here. The palate is measured, rounded, has nice gras richness, low acidity. (Marsanne, 2 year 228-litre oak cask, doing its malo now) **(*) serene, lateral, floral nose. There is gras inside the palate, a fine line of grip around it, and richness again on the aftertaste, nice poise here. There is clearly a lot of fat in 2009. To 2015 Nov 2009

2008

bright yellow; wide, classy bouquet – elegance and depth together, with a fresh air about it. “Knock, knock – come in”, it says. Interesting palate fruit, woven with some fine granite tannin and grip. Good length. Fine wine that can develop and show more. Has a flavour of biting apricot, with saline late moments. From 2012 this will be very varied and mighty expressive. Stylish, persistent wine. Food, sauced dishes best. 2018-20 July 2010 Previously Nov 2009 **(*) good, refined and ensemble bouquet – typical Marsanne hazelnut, flowers also. The palate has grippy white fruits, with a fresh Roussanne, quiet richness, ending. Light wine that will be attractive in 9 months. 2015-16 Nov 2009

2007 ()

bright, full yellow robe; the nose is open, reflecting brioche bread, crème patisserie, honey and lime – the tone is fragrant. The palate is poised, well achieved – there is a bonny, honeyed flavour that flows smoothly. This drinks well now, can serve as an aperitif or with food. It has suave, assured qualities, a lovely elegance. Accomplished, local wine. 13°. 2011-12 Dec 2008

2006 ()

mild yellow robe; has a very typical Marsanne nose – white peach, apricot, with some honey surrounds. The palate starts with hazelnut, and a very true Marsanne touch of bitterness, backed by a sound, rich interior. Ends on a note of almond paste, even some quince jam. A very bonny wine, both for the aperitif now, but also food such as chicken or a vegetable spaghetti. It is very persistent, and holds very good, discreet width with a late burst of white raisin. STGT wine. 13°. 2014-16 Jan 2008

2005 ()

melted butter with a little ripe fruit in a promising nose - there is tangy peach with a hint of salt, too. Dried fruits appear on the palate, with some latent power. There is a rather stop-go flow to the finish. Length isn’t bad, and there’s a quite a round aftertaste. In time, a bonny wine, an improver with time, I’d say. 2010-11 Dec 2006

2004 ()

white stone fruit, a little spice mixed in the bouquet, flan/creme patisserie also. Good, savoury honeyed flavour, gentle and appealing. The length is good, it ends crisply and even a little peppered. Great harmony, it`s right on the button now. STGT wine. 2010-12 February 2007 Previously June 2006 **** this has improved! See below . . flattering, open, butter-lime nose with a mineral clarity. Interesting, stylish and elegant texture - hazelnut lies at the heart of its flavour. I like the light touch here, there is even a strawberry taste. The finish is well composed, with plenty of content. Stylish and long. To 2014-15 Previously Sept 2005 ** lemon/lime fresh bouquet, with a fruit tart aroma underneath, a little brown sugar, is prolonged and fine. Good balance, a little dumb now, expect more from mid-2006 on. Single channel wine right now. Can improve.

2003

quite ripe, nutty nose, some width. Surprisingly live attack ? loads up the front palate, then tapers. Rather dumb, can show more. Try in 2006 on. Honest wine, leans towards STGT. 2012

2002

(cask/steel examples) quiet aroma; three-quarter weight, some nut, fair amount here.

2001

white flowers/slightly musty bouquet; round, tender wine, some flesh. Plum/greengage, sound length.