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95-100% Marsanne, 0-5% Roussanne from the south, south-west facing clay-limestone slope of Les Pends at Mercurol, 10 day concrete vat-fermentation at 15-16°C, concrete vat raised 6-7 months on fine lees, malo blocked, fined, filtered, “drink as aperitif, or with fish in sauce, salads, quiches”, 10,000 b

2018

steady yellow robe; the bouquet is broad, gives a Marsanne ginger tang, cooked orange fruit, is deep via the sunshine of the summer. It can open further. The palate is generous, in tune with the nose, crowds of dried white fruits on the go, firm late moments with a note of tannin. It’s a grounded, wholesome, compact white Crozes, suited to mushroom risotto, spiced cooking – it has the firm matter for that. It finishes roundly, goes nicely long. It can be decanted. 13°. 95% Mars, 5% Rouss. €11.30. 2028-30 Nov 2019

2017 ()

clear, attractive yellow robe. The nose comes with an air of roasted nuts, quince fruit paste, honey, is discreet rather than flashy. There’s a tiny lactic note in it. The palate bears a tight run of lemon, carbonic gas involved, has fine acidity, ends on a lime, peach combination, a note of freshness. This gives clear, measured drinking, its juice lasting in rather dainty fashion. 13°. 2023-24 Dec 2018

2016 ()

pale yellow; has a buttery, refined bouquet, white peach with a hint of apricot. This drinks very easily, is a bonny, elegant white Crozes, as it should be. It holds tender appeal, is floral, simple. It has a dainty tread, could be a little longer, is suited to the aperitif. There’s very light salt on the close. 13°. To 2020 Apr 2018

2015

shiny yellow robe. The nose has a cigarette smoke air, with white plum, peach present. A note of nougat is very Marsanne. The palate is fresh from the start, has inner strength, a shapely run of white fruits with a spring in their step. This tastes well now, is singing a fine tune, with truth of its place and dance in its step. The finish is clear, with a note of spearmint. STGT Crozes here, delightful. 13°. 10,000 b. 2019-20 Oct 2016

2014 ()

shiny yellow colour. The nose has a camomile, infused tea quality, with a quiet note of cooked lemon, a dab of apricot. The palate is elegant, open, on the go. There is a little salted freshness, and it runs consistently, with weight on the finish as well. This is w.o.w. Crozes blanc – very easy to drink, both as an aperitif and with hors d’oeuvres. 13°. 95% Mars, 5% Rouss. 10,000 b. 2018-19  Oct 2015

2013

pale yellow; there is a note of cooked apple, light bonbon sweets, also honey, on the nose, which is a bit neutral. This is tame on the palate, only half gets going, and is lighter than most in what is a very good, often full vintage for Crozes blanc. It has a mild, slightly floral sign-off. 13°. To 2018  Jan 2015

2012 ()

yellow colour. Comfortable, appealing ripeness on the bouquet, which has a white plum, peach fruit aroma at its centre, with an extra couch of brioche and flan aiding its depth, notes of exotic fruits also. This works around a citrus, restrained fruit mantle, has quiet style and steady length. It builds some extra gras as it goes. It has the elegance plus the content for pastas, steamed fish, fresh water fish. The finale is round, precise. From spring 2014. 13°. 100% Marsanne. To 2019.  Nov 2013

2011

mild yellow, minor green tints. Fresh, rather candy-bonbon air that brings together white fruit jam, greengage, flan. The palate is made up of subdued white jam fruit – so decant. It has comfortable heart, lengthens steadily, delivers notes of fennel, honey on the aftertaste. It needs prising out of its shell. Foods such as chicken best suited. A wine with its own glycerol-like character. 12.5°. T0 2016.  Nov 2012

2009

glistening pale yellow. The nose is a bit stiff, is still making its way, I find SO2. Rather pointed start to the palate, which is a bit wiry, with a little richness present. The length is OK. Food best, has structure, but a brittle side also. 13°. To 2014. July 2010

2007

light yellow; apricot-peach aroma with some free space in it – it floats, with pepper and SO2 touches: could be fresher than it is. Steady on the palate – nothing of real flair here. It is a wine that proceeds steadily, is a bit green on the finish and is too traditional, flat. 12.5°. To 2010. Dec 2008

2006

quite obvious yellow; pretty, sympa bouquet here – it is round in shape, and carries peach, a little white strawberry, apricot and a smudge of white pepper. The palate is quite rich, with a tang from some dried fruit late on. The Marsanne tightens it a little at the end. Sound wine, without extra buzz beyond that. Length is good. 12.5°. To 2010. Jan 2008

2003 ()

askew bouquet - rotted fruit, sulphurous tone. Some fruit on palate, which comes and goes. Lacks clarity and isn't well woven. Some end chewiness. Ordinary.

2002 No Rating

No rating - pungent, rather rotted fruit aroma. Acidity strikes on attack, curls the palate and effect runs through. Second bottle: acidity on palate is disturbing. Dec 2004 Previously ** fair green apple/spice nose; creamy, facile, fresh near finish. Nov 2003