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100% Marsanne (late 1970s) from very sandy limestone with a little clay pebble covered soils on La Rage, cool decantation, 50% vat & 50% 600-litre oak cask fermented, wild yeasts, raised 10 months, malo completed, filtered, "drink with fish in sauce, or white sauced meats", organic wine, 1,400 b

2018

level yellow robe; the bouquet has an aroma, wait for it, of soap suds! There is a cool note to the tangerine fruit beyond, a hint of white plum. The palate holds mild richness, with a fluid delivery, nice and loose and accessible. It shows delicate citrus fruits with notes of spring flowers, primroses. The finish is lip smacking, straightforward. It will be good with starter dishes, not robust flavoured dishes. It can be drunk solo, too, carries w.o.w. qualities. 12.5°. 100% Marsanne. €24. 2023-24 Nov 2019

2017 ()

firm yellow robe; the bouquet is a full, open cocktail of tropical fruits, lychees, banana, mango. The palate holds ripe exotic fruits such as mango with a smoky tobacco thrust before the finish, where there is stem ginger, Marsanne grip. It’s a sturdy form of Crozes blanc, for la table, suited to monkfish, salmon, tuna – strongly flavoured fish. There is a note of oak sweetness as it ends. 13.5°. 100% Marsanne. 2026-28 Dec 2018

2016

shiny yellow robe; peach-apricot airs lead the nose with nice accuracy, a note of lemon curd sweetness also. The palate comes with fine fruit, is floral, really refined, delicately winning in nature. This makes for a lovely aperitif, or drink with pure, steamed dishes also. The flavour revolves around white fruits, and its acidity is fine. It’s a pointilliste Seurat style wine. There’s a hint of late oak. 13°. €18.90. 2020-21 Dec 2018

2015

shiny yellow robe. The bouquet is promising, comes with ginger, aniseed, spicing, and a nicely rich heart evocative of honey, cooked lime. The palate is shapely, attractive, bears sensuous gras richness with a genuine Crozes depth and style, is a neat, highly elegant, STGT wine. Its freshness is right on the button. 13°. 1,400 b. €18. 2020-21 Oct 2016