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80% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne (early 1980s) from limestone outcrops below Crussol, whole bunch pressing, cool decantation after pressing, 3-week steel vat fermentation at 14°-16°C, steel vat raised 6-8 months on fine lees, malo can be completed, filtered, “drink with white meats, fish, cheese or aperitif”, 3,000-4,000 b

2018 ()

firm yellow; the nose gives a ripe air led by apricot juice, a lean towards exotic fruits, honey, barley sugar, lemon curd, which denote that ripeness. The palate carries a peach-apricot flavour, is very open and soft, develops dried fruits grip, the close firm. It also has quince, quince jelly, citrus notes. There’s a little reduction, so decant it. 14°. Bottled Apr 2019, malo completed. 2024-25 Feb 2020

2015

shiny yellow robe. The nose is fat, reduced, so decanting essential. There is an air of grilling from its oak, and generous peach fruit. It’s certainly not subtle. The palate is also oak-grilled, comes with assertion, a flavour centred on citrus influences, cooked orange, with tannins kicking in towards the close. It’s a stubborn wine with the need to be opened up, even opened a day early. I find it rather rugged. 14°. 4,000 b. 2021-22 Oct 2016

2014 ()

pale yellow robe. The nose is lively, has a ginger air, hazelnut behind, a note of vanilla. The palate is bracing, delivers tight white fruits, and a salted, rather spare aftertaste, which glows. Notably dentelle, direct wine. Some extra flesh would be welcome. 13°. 3,000 b. €8.40. From spring 2016. 2018-19  Oct 2015