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50-60% Marsanne, 40-50% Roussanne from sanded granite soils, youngest vines planted around early 2000s, hand harvested, 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% 3-4 year 225-litre oak casks 9 months, before early 2010s aged 25% new, 75% 1-2-3-4 year 225-litre oak 9 months), raised 8-9 months, no racking, regular lees stirring, egg white fined, filtered, "drink with fish, cod in sauce", was 12,500-16,500 b, has risen to 24,500 b

2018 ()

fine yellow hue; has an open, off we go bouquet, shows wax, apricot juice, a citrus-lemon underlay. The nose can advance, open more. The palate attacks on fresh strength, with a solid middle, has sound body for la table, poulet/chicken or quail with sauced morilles mushrooms. There’s a good link between nose and palate. The aftertaste is gummy, lip smacking. 13.5°. 24,500 b. 50% Marsanne, 50% Roussanne. 2024-25 Nov 2019

2017

fine yellow robe; has a reserved, quietly elegant nose, peach and nectarine, floral touches, toast-oak touches. This is rather minimalist on the palate, drinks easily with smooth flow, limited expression, a flavour of a compote of white fruits, stewed fruits. This is OK, but rather limited. 13.5°. €10.40 export. 2022-23 Nov 2018

2016 ()

has a yellow, pear skin colour. The bouquet comes with a ripe, buttery air, peach fruit prominent, a small note of licorice, a little thickness from oak-toffee. It’s a good combo of Roussanne style and Marsanne cut. This sits well in the glass, with prominent white fruits and tangy ginger-orange marmalade nudges towards the finish. It ends on the up, the length sound. This is drinkable, New Wave white with fine acidity. Drink as aperitif or with starter dishes, not sauced dishes. 13°. To 2022 Sept 2017

2015

quite a full yellow robe. The nose is quietly full, beautifully fresh, comes with a peach, ripe nectarine, banana flambé air, a musky, white raisin presence from the ripeness of the crop. The palate is most enjoyable, yum, yum: its gras is savoury and stylish, with tender flavours of white peach and white plum. There is a fine freshness, and it is very shapely, a real winner. There is a delicacy on the finish that heightens its charm. This is tremendous wine. 13°. 16,000 b. 50% Mars, 50% Rouss - a perfect blend. 2024-25 Oct 2016  GB Fine & Rare Wines £167 12 b i/b www.frw.co.uk customerservice@frw.co.uk +44(0)207 089 7400

2014

shiny yellow robe, legs visible. The bouquet shines out a fat aroma of banana with peach in tow. The crop has been harvested very ripe for this effect. It gives the wine a calm first presence. The palate bears a flavour of apricot, smoky ginger, with crushed nuts on the finale, where the Marsanne shows its grip and some punch. This has pretty good style. It will go well with monkfish, sea bass in fennel. The aftertaste glows on its degree, which will be cosseted by good food. 13°. 16,000 b. 50% Mars, 50% Rouss. 2023-24  Oct 2015

2013

flinty, pale yellow robe; what an appealing, charming bouquet – this is the Real Invitation! It has soft apricot, white peach airs, along with honeycomb, hazelnut, light oak toasting and vanilla. There is a really good spring in its step, a jaunty aspect. Day 2: it has deepened towards vintage Oxfordmarmalade as well. Serve in a broad glass to receive all it can offer. The palate is finely fruited, fresh in nature, with an appealing, discreet oiliness of texture and gras richness below that. The flavour leads on apricot jam, quince, and is lightly nutty. The exit is clear, toothsome, firm, a hint of licorice there. A wee note of spice suggests a pairing with Asian cuisine. It is balanced, elegant, with enough body to be stylish and convincing, true to its origins. You can drink as an aperitif, but it has the definite substance for chicken, poultry, turkey, guinea fowl, vegetarian dishes with soya beans, aubergines. It remains “up” all through the palate. Grand. Now to 2018-19. 13°. 16,500 b, on the rise.  Oct 2014, East Sussex

2012

pale yellow. Bonbon, pear candy lead aroma – it has a slightly contrived style, is quite fat. Floral-tinted white fruits sit in a rather fat, nearly unctuous setting. The shape is round, and this suits mushroom risottos, for instance, sauced dishes. It ends with decent length, the acidity low-key and fine there. 12.5°. 50% Mars, 50% Rouss, 14,800 b this year. To 2018  Nov 2013

2011 ()

flint yellow. Has an interesting, restrained bouquet – spring flowers, lavender, spice, quince fruit, nut – good variety to start matters. The attack darts out on some young pep; the fruit resembles white plums, has a smoky siding, and stretches out pretty well. Stylish Saint-Joseph, not a full-blooded wine. The length is sound, though there is a touch of taper at the end. Decent acidity. 13°. To 2018  Nov 2012

2010

yellow colour with glints in it. Caramel, lemon tart first air with dried fruits under that, a little oiliness and earthiness, a touch of honey. The palate debut is buttery with hazelnut flecks within. It is good and clear within its gras richness; it is not especially expressive, a little static, but is agreeable and has understated depth and complexity. Harmonious wine of decent length. Pretty wine. 13.5°. 2018-19 Nov 2011

2009 ()

yellow, straw colour; broad, dense aroma – white raisin, smoke, custard. There is a sustained, knit delivery of firm, rather hazelnut flavour on the palate. Its length has been achieved by power more than balance, and it shows decent richness late on. Decant. From spring 2011. 13°. To 2017. 50% M, 50% R this year. July 2010

2006 No Rating

No Rating – 2 bottles corked in France Jan 2008

2002

calm aroma; decent harmony, some richness, length OK

2001

yellow; very ripe crop, sweets/pineapple; greengage, custard; fat, some oak/acidity at end. Needs food - sauced fish.

2000 ()

white fruit/melted butter; full white fruits. Decent length, on the power. Full, wide, flashy. Mineral/nut end. 2005-06.