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70% Roussanne (2011), 30% Marsanne (1945, 1950) from loess with a little granite soils at Larnage, 1 night pre-fermentation crop cooling at 2°-3°C, pressing, 3 week fermentation in 40-50% new, 50-60% 1-2 year 228-litre litre oak casks at 13°-15°C, ends at 20°C, raised 11 months, malo completed, “drink with rich fish such as trout, salmon, sauced fish, white meats, chicken”, first wine 2014, 1,500-2,500 b

2018 ()

firm yellow robe; the nose is grilled, full, oaked, has a brioche baked bread presence, airs of lemon curd, flan, white raisin indicating ripeness in the harvest. The palate is wide across the attack, stokes up a plump middle, is well seasoned with lasting nutty tang content, dried fruits with a note of tannin along the finish. It’s a scaled Crozes blanc. 13.5°. 70% Rouss, 30% Mars. €22. 2025-26 Nov 2019

2017 ()

sound yellow robe. The nose is attractive, gives a white peach, cooked lemon aroma, accompanied by oak toasting, Marsanne nuttiness. It has a gentle floral attachment, like honeysuckle. The palate is supple, its richness discreet, the flavour buttery, pear fruit present. It ends with vanilla, a note of creamy oak, a little bitterness there. 13.5°. 70% Roussanne, 30% Marsanne. 2022-23 Dec 2018

2016 ()

shiny yellow robe. Oak mixes with fruits such as melon, cooked lemon on the nose, has a grapey hover, some grapefruit-mango. The palate is on its vinification, with banana prominent, vanilla also. Soft stewed white fruits or compote, peach-white plum settle in the flavour. This is wine for la table, sauced dishes. It does OK on the attack, then fines down, takes a grainy texture from the oak as it ends. It’s rather cellar crafted over vineyard wine, but will accompany veal, clam dishes, for example. There’s a touch of late salt. There’s more on the first half of the palate than the second – oak rather controls the second stage. 13.5°. To 2022 May 2018

2015 ()

full yellow robe. The bouquet is rich, with melted butter, rice pudding airs, glazed fruits, along with oak-toffee. The palate is firm and resounding, has a red wine physique with butty tannins lining the late stages. The flavour is grapey, accentuated by the sunshine of the year. It demands sauced dishes, Asian cuisine, is almost in a late harvested genre. Decanting a wise move. 13°. 1,800 b. €10.30 export. Bottled Sept 2016. 2022-24 Oct 2016 Previously Apr 2016 **** (casks, the final blend, last lees stirring 4 weeks ago) shiny yellow. The nose has a toasted, apricot juice air about it, pineapple and mango present. It is a touch dumb. The palate has a belle texture, with a fine freshness through it. It develops well towards the finish, showing squeezy gras and plumpness. This has good old vine richness in it. It grips well on the finish. Harmonious, beau wine for la table, the close fine. “It is absorbing its oak, has attractive roundness,” Marc Romak. 2022-23  April 2016