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Viognier (mid-2000s) from granite soils on Poncin at St-Michel-sur-Rhône, maceration pelliculaire in the press, 225-litre & 400-litre oak cask fermented, wild yeasts, raised 40-50% new 400-litre oak cask, 50-60% 1-2 year 225-litre oak cask 11-12 months, lees stirred during the winter, malo completed, filtered, tall bottle, 1,400-1,600 b

2015

sturdy yellow robe. The nose is on an exotic fruits trail, via guava, spice and ripe mango, with a dollop of vanilla. The fruit aroma has a near jelly-like nature. It lacks the refinement of the leaders. The palate is also thickly endowed with crab-apple, ripe stone fruits, a ripe peach. The finish is rounded, a little quiet. 15°. 1,600 b. To 2019 Oct 2016

2014 ()

quite a full yellow colour, multiple legs. The nose comes forward without hesitation, parades prominent oak and its toasting, airs of ripe apricot, ginger. It is already heading for Vieille France, sauced cuisine. The palate holds a solid content, has inner muscle, is based on nutty, cooked fruits that have a flambé style. It is pretty full-on, so be prepared for that. 13.5°. 1,600 b. €18.50 export. 2019-20  Oct 2015 

2013 ()

yellow robe. Has a soft flan and lightly spiced and toasted air, an interesting nose with some hidden corners. Banana, honey, a note of petrol even, also feature in the mix. The palate is rounded, presents a compote of white fruits flavour, stewed fruits, is quite well defined. The finish is precise, restrained. This is nice and drinkable. 14°. €18.50 export, GB £35 Vodens Vintage Ltd. Bottle number 846. To 2018  Jan 2015