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95-100% Marsanne (1990), 0-5% Roussanne from La Rochette site at Serves, granite-siliceous influenced soil, steel vat fermented at 23°C, vat raised 6 months, malo completed, 1,500-5,000 b


(vat/cask) clear yellow robe; the bouquet has a tangy, citrus nature, with a note of aniseed, ginger, flan. There is ripeness in the fruit. The palate starts on compact richness, with an extension guided by oak and a little note of “high” in the fruit. It’s a trifle taut, raw for now, but can settle after bottling. It’s more table than solo drinking wine, will be good with curry, soft cheese. 13°. 1,500 b. 100% Marsanne. €13.50. From late-2020. 2029-31 Nov 2019

2017 ()

yellow robe; the bouquet is refined, centres on apricot, white strawberry, quince, with a tobacco backdrop, polished oaking to hand. The palate is notably tender, holds supple gras, all very fine-tuned it is. It has a floral note to it, a flavour of white peach with almond moments from the Marsanne on its cool, toasted conclusion. It could be a tad fresher. 12.5°. To 2024 or so. Dec 2018

2015 ()

pale yellow; cooked citrus, greengage air, touches of aniseed on the nose. The palate is supple, floral, has an almond flavour, a hint of apricot towards the finish. This has a cosy roundness, is a calm wine for la table. The aftertaste gives honeycomb, white plum. This is joli and genuine. 12.5°. 2025-26 Dec 2018


pale yellow robe. Cooked pear, nougat and honey appear on the nose, which is tight, has a little waxiness. The palate is gently fruited, has a peach flavour and light quince fruit grip. It is a spiced, quiet wine that ends roundly. “It can be drunk as an aperitif, of with fish and shellfish,” Nicolas Fayolle. Bottled April 2015. 3,000 b. 12.5°. To 2018  Dec 2015


½ bottle: attractive yellow robe; brioche baked bread and apricot show in a firm bouquet, with a light note of honey. This is trim, nicely traditional, holds gras richness with some good, gradual grip. This is good table wine, and very authentic, STGT. It captures the density of 2013, the depth. It has a good, complex finish, too. 12.5°. 2020-21  Oct 2015

2011 ()

pale yellow. The bouquet is not a real runner – it gives an air of high, overripe fruit, is pongy. The palate holds gras richness, with a similar texture, but the nose is putting-off, and there is a trace of that in its flavour, the farmyard in the glass. Disorderly. Decant this and hope. 12.5°. To 2018  Dec 2013


reductive nose, shows white fruit with some roundness and is draws out some aniseed in the back. Honeycomb start to the palate; this is rather nicely round, honest wine. It is quite rich, the length is OK. The flavour is peachy, and soft, with a little late acidity. Local wine, no big global factors in it. To 2010. Dec 2007