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50% Marsanne (early 2000s), with 50% Roussanne (mid-2000s) since late 2000s, cool decantation after pressing, fermented, raised 15% new, 85% 3-4 year 225-litre oak casks 9 months, wild yeasts, lees stirred, malo completed, filtered, "drink with grilled or oven cooked fish, Japanese fondue with salmon, scallops, mussels and ginger, 9,900 b, up from 6,800 b

2015

shiny, full yellow robe. The nose gives a good mix of ripe fruit and breezy freshness. There is a mix of roasted nuts, apricot, and it’s rather bold. The palate is stylish, bears tasty gras with stone fruits, peach and Mirabelle plum in the front rank. There is a note off carbonic gas through it. It finishes clearly. 14°. 8,500 b. 2020-21 Oct 2016

2014

full yellow robe. The bouquet has cards to play, doesn’t set out its full forces today: there is a brioche baked bread aroma, a little smoky tightness, a hint of greengage plum. The palate is live, runs with guava, peach fruit, and bears good freshness. This is serious, balanced Saint-Péray for a bonne table, sauced fish, white meats. 13.5°. 9,900 b. 2021-22  Oct 2015 

2013 ()

steady yellow colour. Has a toasted, nutty aroma, some fat compote of stewed fruit at its centre, a quiet line of lime-citrus. The palate offers a rounded white fruit, has a slightly spiced flavour, shows grip as it finishes. It works more on gras richness than freshness. Drink this with chicken, light sauced fish dishes, Camembert cheese. It gives a touch of grainy grip on the aftertaste. 14°. 8,500 b. To 2019  Jan 2015

2012

mild yellow colour; the nose provides combinations of melted butter, honeysuckle flowers with light flan airs, dried fruits such as apricot. A lightly salty touch is brought by the Roussanne. The palate is a savoury drink, centred on a round heartbeat; it bears southern ripeness, offers a measured display of white plum fruit. Very attractive, right up for roast chicken, soft cheeses. From now. 12.5°. 8,200 b this year.  Nov 2013

2011 ()

yellow robe, wee green in it. The bouquet starts on aromatic crème patisserie, flan, honeycomb airs, and a little licorice, greengage plum, with oak under that. The palate is subdued, lacks expression today. The flavour features Marsanne hazelnut and honeycomb, ends on a compact nut note, toffee from its oak. It is a bit plain now. A sit-down style of wine for full-flavoured foods, also good with chicken, guinea fowl. It finishes cleanly, has depth. From late 2013, allow time. Decant this. 2020-21  Nov 2012

2010 ()

medium depth yellow, wee green tints, legs. Has a grilled brown sugar air, the sugar briefly in the oven, with a coconut and lime scent and a steady almond roundness – pronounced Marsanne here on the nose. The palate is lined with a citrus mandarin edging, has gras, and is still on that youthful buzz. Interesting for food – that freshness with its gras together, a light honey underlay, lends itself to white meats with fruit dishes, risottos, Asian cuisine. The finish is fine. 13°. To 2018 Nov 2011

2009 ()

solid yellow; butter-brioche bread aroma in a sturdy bouquet – it is all tight and full, shows white fruits, a combo of pear and lime. Fine grain debut to the palate, which has inner steel, a thread of acidity and mineral that direct it purposefully. It ends on rather tight, cellar-induced notes for now, but can evolve. From spring 2011. 2016-17 July 2010

2008 ()

yellow robe; lateral, broad, big bouquet with oak prominent – there is plenty within, and it is not yet obvious. The palate is also scaled-up, gives a cooked fruit flavour with pear and peach richness in it, and continues well. Good length. Best with food – chicken, white meat such as veal – but is feasible as an aperitif as well. The fruit is attractive here. Oak influences at the end. 2015-16 July 2010

2007

quite a bright yellow robe, suggests oak. There is a vanilla outer layer to the bouquet, and it also has pineapple chunks, oak, banana, apricot and wet wool in the aroma. The palate has a firm grip, but good interior richness, definite potential – there is enough to come together by around the spring of 2010. There is a nice Marsanne tang in this. The palate is more local than the nose for now. It hits an elegant stride on the palate, even if the finish draws back a little, offers some honey, but droops a bit. 12.5°. 2014-15 March 2009

2006

yellow tints in the robe; has a souped-up aroma, mixing oak and butter and wax, one that is broad by the design and desire of the maker. This is a ripe style of wine, one of size that is reserved at present. It is hard to pinpoint its taste, since it is not open or clear. The texture has relative richness, and there is the weight for it to go well with food. It should be more settled and less clumsy from late 2008. 13.5°. 2012-13 Jan 2008