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The Wines

Marsanne (mid-2000s) 70% from Chavanay, 30% from Saint-Pierre de Boeuf, steel vat fermented at low temperature, raised part steel vat, part used oak casks 6 months, until 2011 Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes Marsanne), 14-20,000 b

2015

fine yellow robe. Has a cosy, rounded bouquet with an aroma of a white fruits compote, pear and spice, a little orange tang. This is nicely fleshy, easy to drink, delivers late Marsanne tang and grip. The close is spiced. It has enough content to accompany light dishes, starters. 13°. Bottled 10 days ago. To 2020 March 2017

2011 ()

pale, flinty yellow; has a jolly air of warm white jam, dried fruits, the jam resembling apricot and peach fruit. Light spice, light honey and saltiness feature, along with a bit of candy, glazed fruits. The palate has a suave, effortless texture, with a good level of gras through it. Tasty, open wine with immediate appeal. The fruit has the “bone” of being near the stone, and it ends on a discreet note of white strawberries. Young vine, free roll Marsanne. It tapers a touch towards the finish, but draws together well as it signs off. Good aperitif wine, is very drinkable. 12.5°. 19,700 b this year. 2015-16  Sept 2012

2005

butter and caramel mix on a full bouquet, with overripe grape maturity at its heart. Honeycomb, apricot mixed flavour, showing true varietal authenticity. Sound level of acidity moves it along, it has a savoury length, and rocks along well. Punches above its weight. 2011-12 April 2007, New York