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The Wines

50% Marsanne, 50% Roussanne (2003-06) from South/South-East facing 80% sand, 10% lime, 10% clay-limestone soils on Les Petites Blâches at 230-250 metres, whole bunches directly pressed, steel vat fermented at 18°C, raised 4-5 year 228-litre oak casks 9 months on its lees (600-litre casks used until mid-2010s), malo completed, first wine 2007, 912-1,520-3,000 b

2018 ()

yellow robe; Marsanne leads the nose, so there are airs of apricot-ginger with vanilla pod – it has a joli depth. The palate bears cosy gras, has a flavour of stewed apricots, fried apricots, gains length and directness after half way, sustains well, delivers a touch of late grip. It’s fine, gentle, floral, precise, a bit New Wave, can be drunk solo. 14°. €21. Bottled end Aug 2019. 2022-23 Dec 2019

2017 ()

(cask, bottling end Aug 2018) full yellow colour that glows. Roussanne leads the nose, which is fat and open, has a ripe white peach aroma, grape and ginger. The palate is full of squeezy, gourmand content, develops some Marsanne bite, tang outside its coat of richness. This is good enjoyable, a tasty wine with spice towards the finish. It gives good, kind drinking, is a pleasure wine, not complicated, for la table. To 2022 March 2018

2014 ()

fine yellow colour. Peach, cooked apple, cooked lime airs feature in a gently rounded bouquet. The palate centres on a flavour of honey, hazelnut, is a supple, finely fresh wine. Elegant, aperitif style. “It is round, with a little gras,” Johann Michel. 13.5°. To 2018  Dec 2015

2012 ()

pale yellow; fennel, licorice, smoky air, an under-note of enjoyable compote of fruits. The palate presents a stylish, good flow of fruit, and holds well at the end where there is a good point of acidity. The flavour combines elder fruit, aniseed and joli peach fruit. Good length, discreet oak on the finish. “Good for the aperitif, or quenelles de brochet (pike), snails in parsley,” Johann Michel. 13.5°. To 2018  Dec 2013

2011 ()

pale yellow; dried fruits, wax, apricot and peach jam airs, a touch of oak. The bouquet has local feel. The palate grips tightly on the attack, and there is a good mineral lengthening after that. Fresh wine, suited to the aperitif. There is quite glow on the finish, where there is the bitter note of the Marsanne, nice and tight. A wine of good cut; its gras flavour resembles a flan. Very sympa, very shapely, very drinkable, with delicacy in its veins. 13°. 2016-17  Sept 2012

2010 ()

fine, pale yellow. Hammock shape, curvy bouquet that offers fragrance over power, a peanut substance in behind – the nose is a well balanced debut. This drinks well now, nice n’easy; it is round and comfortable, has appealing length. Effortless, has tidy late grip. This is very attractive, providing an ensemble of dried fruits and mineral touches. Great with a crab-avocado dish. Its subtlety adds to its appeal. It is also sympa with roast guinea fowl, which helps a cool minerality to come through. 13.5°. To 2015  May 2011, Willi’s Wine Bar,Paris

2009 ()

gold, apricot, dark yellow colouring; ample, grounded nose – no flights of fancy here. Baked fruits, caramel, custard, barley sugar, banana are the contenders, the Heavy Brigade. This is an enclosed, virile wine – it doesn't run on swift fruit – is more on cooked, nutty, raisin elements. Decant it and drinking with food is a must: it verges on the overdone with its white raisin, fruit cake flavour. A bit dry at the end. From mid-2011, and it could be less Showbiz then. 2015-16 July 2010

2008 ()

ripe, near gold glints in the robe; honey, Melba toast, pineapple aroma – there is a good trail of Marsanne here, with judicious oaking. The palate is richly textured, doused with caramel in the flavour, then brioche, banana-flan towards the finish. Best with food – sauced fish, even lobster. There is likeable late clarity, even if it eases away from the richness of the early palate. 2014-15 July 2010 Previously Dec 2009 **(*) green, yellow tints. Fine, attractive nose, fine white fruit, white peach jam. Plump, easy going palate – this doesn't yet show its terroir. Quiet length, with oak on the end. From late 2010. 2014-15 Dec 2009

2007 ()

green glints in the yellow; has a pear, bonbon sweets aroma, mixed with honey and nougat, pepper. This is a textured, supple wine – it comes en rondeur, is fleshy. It ends on a grip of new oak that invests honey into the taste. Serve this cool. If this were a true St-Péray with its mineral cut, the wine would be too edgy, nervous, coming as it does from baby vines – hence “quite a late picking of the crop to accentuate the richness,” J.Michel 400 b this year, 1,500 from 2008. Dec 2008