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85-90% Marsanne (34% early 1980s, 66% 2009), 10-15% Roussanne from sanded granite soils at 300 metres at Peyraud, 25% new, 75% 1-2 year 300-litre oak cask fermented at 20-23°C, raised 9-10 months (2010 steel vat fermented, raised), malo completed, first wine 2007, 2,300 b rising to 5-6,000 b

2018 ()

yellow robe; ripe peach, jam style aroma, musky notes in it. It’s an interesting, provocative nose that comes forward well, catches the attention. The palate is suave, rich and rolling, also on fat, layered content. This is Wine from the South, for la table, carries flavours of stewed fruits, banana, white peach, though has a little late control. It ends quietly, roundly, thickly. “We were hit by mildew, lost 30%, and there’s a jam style as a result of the small harvest,” Yves Gangloff. 14°. 90% Mars, 10% Rouss. €32. 2023-24 Dec 2019

2016

pale yellow. Has a gently spiced, white fruited, pears and stewed fruits or compote, aromatic nose, with a light orange marmalade tone from the Marsanne. The palate starts tenderly, holds close-knit content, has quiet grip, builds into a ginger, snappy finish. This is beau, precise, has some concentration. 4,500 b. 90% Mars, 10% Rouss. From mid-2018. 2024-25 Nov 2017

2012 ()

½ bottle, bottled 1 Oct 2013, 1 month ago: even yellow robe. Apricot, honey, peach fruit coulis aromas in a jolly, gentle bouquet that also includes vanilla, spice and aniseed. The palate has good body, with fragrant touches in its white fruits. This has a good centre, then straightens towards the finish, and lasts well. A fine-boned wine, suited to a good variety of dishes – scallops or St Jacques, goat cheese, Roquefort blue cheese. From spring 2014. 14°. 2019-20  Nov 2013

2010

(steel vat) bottling tomorrow, ie 1 month earlier this year because 2011 seems so precocious and Yves will need the space for the new wine: yellow, green tints. Notably nutty outer air, fine white fruit beyond, hazelnut the main emphasis. Immediate gras richness on the palate, a welcoming fat that leads to a fine finish, a delicate exit. Bonny aperitif wine, indeed. w.o.w. drinking. To 2016 June 2011

2007

fine bouquet – honeycomb air with a little mineral and banana. The palate is finely tuned, has clear length and good grain in the fruit. I like its grip at the end, a true Marsanne nature there. There are vanilla and spice on the aftertaste. To 2014. March 2009 Previously June 2008 *** (sample from 3 casks) restrained, gracious butter-hazelnut nose. The palate is also nice and calm – it moves steadily along; has no real highs and lows. This is light touch winemaking. Good length. This will be good with elegant foods – fish, grilled or steamed, for instance. 2012-13 June 2008