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The Wines

80-85% Marsanne mostly from Grangeneuve (early 1970s) at Beaumont-Monteux with Chemin de Coteau (2007) at Beaumont-Monteux, 15-20% Roussanne from Chemin de Coteau (2007) at Beaumont-Monteux, southern zone vineyards, galet stone covered clay-limestone soils, direct pressing, 3 day vat cool decantation at 9°C, 1-5 year 228-litre oak cask fermented at 17°-18°C, raised 9 months (until mid-2010s 33% new, 67% 1-year 228-litre oak casks 9 months, malo completed), 5 lees stirrings, malo usually half completed, “drink in 2-3 years to keep energy, then the wine becomes heavier and more Burgundian”, 6,000-10,000 b

2019

1) (5-year 228-litre cask, 50% of the wine) ***(*) bright, pale yellow; has an alert, springy nose, shows oak, dried fruits, cooked lemon. The palate gives a fine line of white fruits, the tang of Marsanne; it ends salted, nutty. It has good grip, the close very clear, with carbonic gas. 6 years 2) (228-litre cask, the 1970s Marsanne, 50% of the wine) **** yellow robe; the nose is nicely round, shows old vine maturity, orderly white fruits, pear, peach. The palate is forward, a buzzy outer, with inner gras, good heart and length. It continues well, has real nice style. “There is gras from the oak fermentation and from the lees stirring,” Denis Basset. 12.9°. 5 years Feb 2020

2018 ()

yellow robe; tropical fruits, lychee, very grapey essence feature on the nose. It’s Roussanne marked, even though it’s only 10-15%. The aroma is good and springy, right out there. The palate is also on exotic fruit, pineapple and white raisin, very ripe peach, holds refined gras within, the finish fine as well. The texture is oily in places. This is sunny and open, beau. 25 hl/ha this year – half a harvest due to the drought. 13.5°. To 2023 Feb 2020

2015 ()

yellow robe, green tints. Honey and a supple air of apricot, white strawberry, melted banana feature on an open and broad nose. The palate gives a cooked lime flavour with infused tea, a note of petrol towards the finish, with guava there. It’s weighty from within, for la table. The Marsanne has been cropped very ripe here, and we are into exotic fruits. 13.5°. 2019-20 Oct 2016

2011 ()

pale, glinty yellow. Flan, spiced, cooked banana-apple-pear aroma, fruit compote. The palate bears aromatic, gentle white fruits with honey and ginger in its veins. It ends freshly, has lift. Suited to foods – salads, cold meats, noodle dishes. Has a little extra weight on the finish to help its length, and is clear thanks to salty notes there. Very sound. Now to 2016. 13.5°. Nov 2012

2010

mild yellow, legs. Oak forward air, a nutty aroma that is a bit subdued, has a smudge of varnish in it, and wee flan notes – this is an elegant setting for the oak. The palate is also elegantly textured – it starts on that, has oak fringes, while the interior is mildly fruited, offering the flavour of dried fruits, pear and pear skin. A “leisurely” wine that takes its time, hasn't been cellar- crowded or imposed. We'll take our time, too. From mid-2012. This is from good terroir, hence the classy elegance. There is some glow on the aftertaste. Agreeable, supple, rather juicy wine. 13.5°. 2017-18 Nov 2011

2009 ()

full yellow; reserved nose – brioche bread with a bit of acetate, caramel in behind, lightly salted. The palate is sturdy, to the point of being stern – has a meaty, firm second half. Baked sort of wine with a copious manner, is big and grounded. Decant, wait till spring 2011. 13°. To 2016. July 2010

2008 ()

full yellow; wide, buttery nose, glints of dried fruit, glazed fruits, candy and peanut butter. A supple texture wine, with a mild run of vanilla flavouring through it, and a reliable, rounded finish. Some local feel. Small late grip. Plain-flavoured foods best with it. Light, but OK – it fades a bit, so drink soon. 13°. To 2012. Dec 2009

2007 ()

yellow tints in the robe; pineapple, oak notes on the nose – it is broad, oily, buttery, with toasted vanilla airs. The palate starts on the oak, with the interior fruit a little subdued. It ends on oak, and a touch of late heat. From spring 2010. Less oak = better wine. 14°. To 2012. March 2009