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70% Marsanne (2011), 30% Roussanne (2011) from galet stone, clay-limestone soils, some sand at Mercurol, 1 night pre-fermentation crop cooling at 2°-3°C, pressing, 70% 3-6 year 228-litre oak cask, 30% steel vat fermented 3 weeks at 13°-15°C, ends at 20°C, raised 6-7 months, lees stirred weekly for 3 months, vat & oak assembled 6 weeks before bottling, malo completed, filtered, first wine 2013, 8,000 b

2018

yellow robe; the nose has a nutty aroma, with dried fruits, cooked orange, a touch of spearmint, is a little on the back foot. Decanting may help it to blossom more openly. The palate bears buttery content, with simple richness at its centre, gives a steady glass of Crozes blanc, suited to hors d’oeuvres dishes. The finish is calm, quiet, a little honeyed. It’s a bit one dimensional. 13°. 70% Mars, 30% Rouss. €17. 2024-25 Nov 2019

2017 ()

bright yellow robe; the nose leads on vanilla pod from its oak, which is settling into it, has a backdrop of roasted nuts, peach, peach stone, with Marsanne-inspired apricot juice. The palate gives a measured run of flavour that centres on camomile tea, oaking, honey, brioche baked bread, grips in pretty serious fashion on the close, the aftertaste tangy, decisive. It is fresh, well made, and will go well with poultry in sauce, for example. 13.5°. 70% Marsanne, 30% Roussanne. 2024-25 Dec 2018

2016 ()

has a yellow robe that glows; the bouquet is buttery, on peach jam, roasted nuts. It’s rather sturdy, suited to la table over the aperitif. The palate bears wavy richness, a smooth texture, a svelte rolling ball of white fruits flavour, peach and nectarine. It has glycerol to stand it alongside sauced dishes. It’s trifle short but is pleasant, homely wine. The palate is grapey, genuine. 12.5°. To 2021 Apr 2018

2015 ()

shiny yellow robe. The nose is laced with a fresh aroma of grapefruit with vanilla, pineapple, an agreeable hint of aniseed. The palate rolls a suave dice of white fruits compote, pear present, and a tickle of late freshness. There is a winning line of white flowers within. This is graceful, and quietly full. 13°. 8,000 b. 2019-20 Oct 2016 Previously Apr 2016 *** bottled last week: fine yellow robe. The nose is pretty open, with pear, a little grapefruit, lime on parade, a light buterriness and salt also. This has a dried fruits flavour backed by enjoyable gras. There is freshness along the second half – it delivers peach fruit in a clear finish, with grip. The balance is good. This can show nice fat. From June 2016. 13.2°. To 2020 April 2016