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60% 1990s Marsanne from Gervans, 40% 1990s Roussanne from loess & sanded granite soils on Casiot at Gervans (until mid-2000s was 80% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne), hand harvested, crop cooled, steel vat-fermented together at 17°C, raised 7-10 months on fine lees, malo completed, 6,000 b

2018 ()

pale yellow; has an “up”, live bouquet that gives white fruits, apricot, a hint of ginger. It holds well. This drinks well now, carries tang, fresh sides, with white fruits, roasted nuts, is a lucid Crozes blanc. The close is powdered, fine grain. 14°. Bottled April 2019. To 2024 Nov 2019

2017 ()

bright yellow; grilling, some high fruit, ripe peach airs on the nose, which is still sorting itself. The palate has attractive depth, good flow with nourishing white fruits that persist well, some honey on the aftertaste. This is enjoyable, unpretentious, good with hors d’oeuvres dishes. There are pockets of oak on the palate. It finishes well. 13.5°. Bottled end Aug 2018. 2022-23 Nov 2018

2016 ()

bright yellow. Has a lucid, attractive robe, very good finesse; it centres on lime, a note of ginger, salted dabs. There are low-key floral airs, along with licorice, It’s a great start. This is fresh, well channelled, the gras neat. There’s some carbonic gas through it. The flavours rest on dried fruits, nuts, infused tea such as tilleul (lime-linden) on the finish. It’s a lively, charming Crozes of good vivacity, up for solo drinking. Floral notes also appear on the palate. It has a lovely sweet spot in mid-palate. The close is firm, tight, and the second half is very tangy. 13°. To 2022 Feb 2018

2014 ()

yellow robe. The nose is quiet, calm, has a little inner appeal led by a smoky greengage plum fruit and apricot duo, a note of lime clarity. The palate is stylish, measured, holds tidy gras that persists. This drinks well now, with the freshness of 2014 keeping it going. 13°. 6,000 b. €12. 2018-19  Oct 2015

2009 ()

pale yellow; creamy, buttery aroma – cowslip, floral airs. Well-knit palate, a good ensemble here. It lengthens well, is graceful. Great aperitif wine – bang on the mark. Decent length, a natural wine, w.o.w. 13°. To 2013. July 2010

2006

pale colour; the nose has a ripe air – pear with a light spicing, and some true Marsanne character via hazelnut and honey. The palate is harmonious - this is a wine of supple appeal and sound heart; the richness comes with restraint. Is not especially profound, and later on the richness fades, probably through the effect of young vines. Good aperitif wine. Dec 2007