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100% Marsanne (1960s-1980s) from sanded granite with some clay soils, the ex P Darona vineyard, fermented 50% oval 30 hl Stockinger oak vats, 50% 228-litre oak casks (10% new, 90% 1-2-3 years) (before late 2010s fermented, raised 15% new, 85% 1-2 year 228-litre oak casks 9 months) raised 8-9 months, lees stirred, malo completed, filtered, "drink with white meats, fish, warm salad of asparagus & skate", called Les Cerfs until 2015 when called Lieu-dit La Briousse, 4,200-6,500 b

2018

yellow robe. There’s a neat, cosy roundness on the nose, an aroma of compote of white fruits, apricot and plum. It’s soft, easy to like. The palate gives clear white fruits, toast, with a little, correct, build in depth and strength towards the finish. It grips well on the aftertaste. It’s still a bit on its oak, but is good, shapely St-Péray. 14°. 2024-25 Nov 2019

2017 ()

yellow robe, with a thick hue. Has a buttery, full frontal air, comes with a slight and enjoyable note of tangerine, is a curvy start. The palate is smooth and flowing, presents a joli texture, carries a flavour of dried fruits, pear, peach. There is a nice, gradual gain and take-on of grip. This is table wine that is sturdy at heart, with glow on the aftertaste, where degree is noted. 14.5°. €12.40 export. 2026-26 Nov 2018

2015

ample yellow robe, legs visible. The nose reflects ripe peach, a note of “high” fruit, with flan. The reduction implies decanting is a good move. The palate comes with a good run of tangy white fruits, orange marmalade, with a kind freshness extending the finish. A bonny do this is; it will go well with refined dishes. 14°. 5,000 b. 2020-21 Oct 2016

2014 ()

full yellow robe. White tobacco, smoky aroma, ginger and tangy orange marmalade present. The Marsanne shows though on the nose, which is well weighted. The palate is elegant and nicely filled, the flavour bringing in crème patisserie, apricot. The typical tang of the Marsanne closes it well, decisively. Good with Japanese, Asiatic cuisine, spring rolls. 14°. 5,000 b. 2019-21  Oct 2015

2013

yellow robe. Oaked, nutty, nougat style aromas, some flan, and a classic hazelnut of the Marsanne show on the nose. The main stimuli for the nose are from non-fruit sources - the fruit there is like greengage plum. The palate centres on a nicely crisp, citrus tang, white fruits flavour, gathers a little tannic bite as it ends. Will go well with prawn dishes, monkfish – it has the depth for that. 13.5°. 4,600 b. 2020-21  Jan 2015

2012

fat aspect yellow colour. Vanilla, supple oak curve runs across the nose, spice and white plum suggesting to drink this à table, and coming gras on the palate. The palate has a buttery debut, with an attractive, sleek run of lime fruit, pear jam, all in order. Poised wine, good style -  a pleasure to drink. From mid-2014. 12.5°. 6,000 b this year. 2021-22  Nov 2013

2011

steady yellow, legs. The aroma captures apricot, spice, pear, smoke. It is flinty, and oak-toasted. The palate centres on its gras richness, is fleshy, its features not defined today (rain, south wind). It achieves a touch of mineral towards the finish. Wait until mid-2013, and decant. It is bright wine, appealing, and will be best drunk with salads, hors d’oeuvres, Salade Niçoise. 13°. 2020-21  Nov 2013

2010

pale, green tints in its yellow – looks like an aperitif wine. Zesty, citrus mandarin top layer to a bouquet of some depth; it has a couch of nutty white raisin in good support, and that mineral front air does a good, inviting job. The palate starts brightly, moves along well, bearing a vanilla-baked apple flavour, followed by white raisin. Subtle length, very orderly. It takes on Marsanne grip and doesn't lose its honeyed gras as it ends. A fresh, successful style of Saint-Péray. Can do for the aperitif, but its subtle combination of cut and body, and late saline notes will be well suited to Asiatic and vegetarian dishes, for instance. Good foundation to this. 13°. To 2018 Nov 2011

2009

full yellow; oaked, fine and buttery aroma – cooked white fruits, salted peanut, is a bit reserved. The palate starts widely, but the middle is tight and wiry, has an unyielding nature. Suggests ripe crop with active cellar work, and seems made to develop over time. Has a rather fine finish. Not a wine for young drinking. From mid-late 2011. 2016-18 July 2010

2008 ()

full yellow; lime, buttery aroma, white raisin, good and complete. This is a solidly built wine, as if it has a red wine structure. The sides are firm, the length secure. Has decent acidity, god matter and length. Best with food – lobster, rich flavours. 2018-20 July 2010

2007 ()

bright yellow robe; the nose is softly scented, the oak melted into the bouquet`s richness: the effect emerges as one of butterscotch, brown sugar in the oven, maybe cooked pear. The palate is wide and has an intense burst in the middle – it gains a late grip and firmness from its oak. At the end there appears a white pepper infused strike of brisk clarity, a pronounced Marsanne bitter=sty;e tang. This can improve with time. From late 2009. 12.5°. To 2017 March 2009

2006

some yellow in the colour; there is pear in the aroma, with a nutty backdrop, and wee spicing, also orange peel, some uplift. The palate contains a well-set hazelnut flavour, is well-founded and has a genuine Marsanne nature – it mixes some richness and flesh before it tightens and grips late on. A stylish wine with good length, it has plenty of character and is quite punchy. It shows very good late elegance, and the palate is ahead of the nose in softness. 13.5°. 2012-13 Jan 2008