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50-60% Marsanne (late 2000s), 40-50% Roussanne (late 2000s) from galet stone covered clay soils on Les Hauts Chassis at La Roche-de-Glun, hand harvested, 2 day cool decantation after pressing, Roussanne vat, Marsanne 600-litre oak cask fermented (until early 2010s 228-litre casks used), raised 8-9 months, malo blocked on cask wine, malo completed on vat wine, wide & heavy bottle, organic wine, “drink with Picodon cheese”, 3,000 b

2018 ()

full yellow colour; the nose has a pastis, aniseed air, with cooked citrus fruits, is a rather weighty opening. The palate is broad, assured, fills well, with sunny depth of content, good rolling out of mixed white fruits, a note of carbonic gas present. The balance is good. Its generosity late on is striking, and it will really pair well with sauced morille [morel] dishes, truffle and scrambled eggs, earthy products of the damp soils. It gives here and now action, works well on that front. 14°. 60% Mars, 40% Rouss. €18. 2025-26 Nov 2019

2017

full yellow robe; it’s like sniffing a honeycomb on the bouquet – way to go! Pure acacia honey comes with a hint of pineapple juice; it is ripe, very much in the here and now. The palate holds exotic fruit flavours, lychees with pineapple, and apricot from these shores, Bergeron the variety. The aftertaste is smoky, grapey, has an oak-toffee presence. This is a stimulating Crozes with character. 14°. 50% Mars, 50% Rouss. 2021-22 Dec 2018

2016 ()

pale gold hue in a rich yellow setting for the robe. The bouquet is ripe and rounded, crushed white peach fruit with a note of iodine, near butterscotch. It’s a grapey start. The palate bears a flavour of pineapple, nectarine, white raisins, is a fat, immediate affair, most of the 52 cards on the table. It drinks smoothly and generously now, has a rolling content that pleases. It has the body for sauced dishes, and its grapiness and light mineral grip on the finish combine for a precise conclusion. More table than solo drinking wine. 13°. To 2020 Nov 2017

2015 ()

fine yellow robe. The bouquet is led by its Marsanne’s airs of orange marmalade, ginger, apricot, very nougat de Montélimar. The palate picks up on the apricot theme, with a nutty second half, and a spring of cooked citrus to close it. A traditional white, STGT Crozes, for la table, with trout, pork both good. It finishes well and firmly, with a note of salt and liquid honey; it has real good terroir in its veins. 13°. 3,000 b. Harvested 15 Sept. 2020-21 Oct 2016

2014

full yellow, some gold. The bouquet gives a wide swirl of chunky orange marmalade, with an almond backdrop, smoky tobacco, a very ripe fruiting. The palate coasts along well, the texture smooth throughout. This holds bonny gras richness that spreads and gives the palate a good middle and late offer. It will do well with Asiatic cuisine, cheese. Very good length here. 13.5°. 3,000 b. €15. 2019-20  Oct 2015 

2013 ()

full yellow colour, a rich aspect. The bouquet is broad, ripe - it accentuates ripe crop and delivers a consequent note of white raisin with oak-vanilla mixed in with an aroma of cooked lime. The palate is attractively rich, holds fleshy gras with a note of freshness towards the finish. There is a suggestion of warmth on the aftertaste. Attractive Crozes for la table. Now to 2019  13.5°.  Jan 2015

2012 ()

yellow robe; buttery, cooked apple, light pear aroma, with white plum – this is a stylish bouquet. The attack kicks off on peach and quince fruit, ends on a quiet, successful Marsanne grip, a tang of nougat and hazelnut, honeycomb. It has the depth for foods – soft cheese, fish terrine. This is STGT wine, with good, close poise and the right amount of body for la table. It lasts well and finely. 13°. 2017-18  Nov 2013