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65-70% Marsanne, 30-35% Roussanne from 2005 vintage onwards, (2001-2005 was 100% Marsanne), steel vat-fermented at 14-16°C, ending at 17°C (no oak – freshness sought, was fibre glass until mid-2010s), raised 7-9 months, malo blocked, organic wine, 7-15,000 b

2018

bright yellow; the nose isn’t quite on the go, but for now funnels a citrus-nutty air, a note of spearmint with that. The palate has a tender nature, suggesting Roussanne, hasn’t been overdone, drinks neatly. There is a cool line towards the finish, a note of aniseed there. This is charming, authentic Crozes blanc, with enough freshness for the odd glass solo. Its bouquet will be more open from spring 2020. 13°. 65% Mars, 35% Rouss. €22. 2025-26 Nov 2019

2017 ()

fine yellow colour. The bouquet gives a fine salted, floral air, with a buttery backdrop, white plum fruit present, a hint of apricot. The palate is tender, easy to drink now, a mite innocuous, bears a neat white fruits flavour with citrus tang present. It runs with fresh detail, has been well made, can serve as an aperitif. 13°. To 2022 Dec 2018

2016 ()

shiny yellow robe. Dried fruits, peach airs lead the nose, with a note of white tobacco, a smokiness, greengage or Reine Claude plum also. The palate is a little dumb, but holds sound richness, even if the Marsanne is refusenik for the time being. It develops a tasty stretch before the finish, ends on soft gras with some typical freshness, a note of aniseed. 7,000 b. To 2021 Nov 2017

2015

firm yellow robe. The bouquet is a chunky do, with very ripe white plums, pineapple at its centre. There is a buttery backdrop, melted butter. After the large opening, the palate gives a fine rolling content, with its smooth texture a leading attribute. The flavour rests on a floral, discreet white peach, and the finish is refined. This is charming and sure-footed white Crozes. 2020-21 Oct 2016

2014

steady yellow robe. The nose is reserved, suggests peach fruit, vanilla, greengage plum. There is a little delicacy in it. The palate gives a tidy run of white fruits, and reaches out pretty clearly. There is a note of quince fruit and its squeeze of grip on the finish, where there is a tendency to drift. Orderly white Crozes. 13°. 8,000 b. To 2019  Oct 2015

2012 ()

Poire William pear, hazelnut airs in a reserved bouquet, one that has foundation, and gives a little brioche, flan, licorice. The palate offers an appealing fullness, has a flavour of almond and a firm, good Marsanne ending, nice and tight, up for food. This moves very well as it finishes, is attractively long. Has good body for la table, above average depth, and isn’t a “light” Crozes blanc. Has gained depth. 13°. To 2018 or so. Jan 2014 Previously Nov 2013 **(*) pale yellow. Cooked banana, vanilla ice cream aroma, an attractive float of greengage plum and lime fruit. The palate grips immediately in the tangy Marsanne way; the finale brings in honey and nougat, is rather firm. The aftertaste is a touch dour. The nose beats the palate, which needs to soften and extend its gras richness further. Crop ripeness? From mid-2014. 13°. To 2018. 70% Mars, 30% Rouss.  Nov 2013

2011 ()

clear, fine yellow. Has a cooked pear, aromatic nose, with a bonny spot of spice, hazelnut. This is a slow-burn style wine, aimed at la table. It has gras, a plump filling, but is only half expressive. It has weight, is not overdone. There are vanilla, white raisin late notes. The sign-off is elegant, with fine late grip, and a touch of salt, peanut, verveine (verbena). 13°. To 2018  Nov 2012

2010

yellow, tints of green, glycerol here. Pineapple, tropical fruits aroma – exotic fruit jelly air with oak touches, has a fatness in it. The palate also has a guava, exotic fruit style, mango notably here. It runs steadily to the finish, where there is a salty infusion with a banana flavouring. The exotic fruits suggest Roussanne in this (tasted blind), and place it apart from most white Crozes. Holds gras richness, is suited to mushroom noodle, pasta dishes. Flavour of orange marmalade on the finish. A good, obvious wine – bring on the girolles, even in vol au vent form. 13.5°. Drink now to 2016. Nov 2011

2009 ()

off yellow colour; SO2 on nose, also spice, has probably just been bottled, shows some acetate, the main fruit aroma is pear. Sturdy, not especially refined, on the palate, has a meaty interior. Lacks the harmony of the leading Crozes white 2009s. Can improve, though, once settled: drink from 2011. 13.5°. 2014-15 July 2010

2008

clear flint robe; fresh, apple-pear skin nose. Pretty fruit on the palate – this has an easy drinking style, gentle richness, a wine that drinks on floral notes late on after a lime and pear flavour. Great as an aperitif, a w.o.w. wine that should be drunk soon. To 2011. Nov 2009

2007

flinty, yellow colour; has a buttery, greengage aroma, with hazelnut fringes. The palate is buttery, holds low-key white fruits – needs more acidity. Drink now. March 2009

2005

yellow robe; broad, slightly spiced bouquet which is pretty full and earthy – its main tone is butter, with white plums. Dried fruits flavour on a stylish palate, though does more on the attack than the finish. It proceeds along its way OK, but doesn’t really express itself late on. To 2009. Dec 2006

2004

pear drop sweets, toasted nuts nose that is fairly full. Rounded texture, buttery on palate. Length OK. Low-key now from its bottling. Sound content, better from late 2005. Refined, with decent length. Bottled for this London show. 2010. March 2005

2003

sweets/bonbon aroma; some richness, decent core of pear plus apple. Quite firm, some end heat.

2002 No Rating

NOT PRODUCED

2001 ()

springy, pretty bouquet - asparagus, white fruit, sweets; nice evenly-weighted wine, peaches, with elegant richness, soft fruit. Very sound.

2000 ()

quite round bouquet, some rich, apricot, white fruit aspects; dried fruits, oak, a touch of orange marmalade. Fair length.

1999

warm, rounded nose, greengage, soft sweetness; plump, white stone fruit taste, quite rich, warm and discreet wine.