Login | Subscribe
twitter

The Wines

50-95% Marsanne, 5-50% Roussanne, special selection crop from 60-90% loess, 10-40% clay-limestone soils, 24-48 hr cool decantation, part vat, mainly 1-3 year 400-litre oak cask fermented, raised 10 months (until mid-2010s 25% new 228-litre oak casks used), lees stirred first 5 months (until 2009 was 60% 1-year 228-litre oak cask, 40% steel vat fermented at 18-20°C for 2 weeks), “drink as aperitif, or with seafood, poultry, goat cheese”, 17,900 b

2018 ()

mild yellow robe; the nose carries neat weight, so convinces, shows dried fruits, airs of apricot, roast nuts. The palate offers rounded gras richness, the texture suave and comforting, is a wine for la table, sauced dishes, poultry. There is a little Marsanne nuttiness towards the finish. The suave texture and feel are one of its top cards. It carries discreet carbonic gas, most noticeable near the end. 13.5°. 2025-26 Nov 2019

2017 ()

shiny yellow colour; an almond, almond paste aroma leads the nose, honeycomb, ripe, sunny fruit airs also. The palate is subdued, but has enough body to develop, and go well à table. It lengthens nice and steadily, the emphasis on nuts, some hint of white plum. It will be better from spring 2019. 13°. 2025-26 Dec 2018

2016

firm yellow colour. There is an oak toasting on the front of the bouquet, a peanut-cashew nut inlay, a grapey tang. The palate is closely knit, bears stylish juice, white fruits, but isn’t yet out and about, finishing on a steady grip from its oaking. There is style here, with potential. The content is elegant, refined within the oak, and it flows well, the aftertaste on aniseed, clarity. The oak requires another nine months to move within, so leave until mid-2018, and decant it. 13°. 2021-22  Nov 2017

2015 ()

fine yellow. The nose gives a good duo of flowers and soft fruit airs such as peach near the stone, quince plum, with a light lime thread that brings freshness. The palate is soft and restrained, comes with carbonic gas, also bears a white flowers imprint, with greengage fruit, and an all round precision. It’s pretty New Wave in style, drinks easily, gives a good aperitif, and has enough late body for poultry, steamed fish. 13.5°. To 2020 Oct 2016

2014

yellow robe; the nose offers a rather fat, rounded aroma of hazelnut, white fruits in a compote style. The palate has good shape, and a neat body of richness. This is nicely filled, and continues with elegant content until the finish. There is an agreeable citrus, lime flavour as it closes, with stylish persistence. It is a good, complete St Jo blanc. 13°. 60% Mars, 40% Rouss. 2019-20  Oct 2015

2013 ()

yellow robe, sound depth. The nose is elegant, and combines freshness and ripeness. There are airs of greengage plum, pear, light banana, a low-key nut presence: it has a graceful quality. The palate assembles a peach flavour with citrus inclusions, and ends stretching out well. This has good, solid content, and 2013 freshness. There is light toasting, along with precise acidity. Steamed dishes would be ideal with it. Very charming, a wine with style. 12.5°. 4,800 b this year. 2020-21  Jan 2015

2012 ()

yellow robe, sound. Buttery, lime-tangerine, nougat airs, a bouquet that engages, and offers promise, spreads across the glass nicely. The palate is a good mix of fine, clear fruit and discreet gras richness that adds depth and appeal. It ends roundly. It has enough body for sauced dishes, fish in sauce, also pastas, vegetarian dishes, steamed fish, chicken, Japanese cooking. Attractive notes of citrus – good flashes of that – keep its energy up. Still making its way. A wine of neat finesse, discretion, and fine late acidity. 13°. To 2020-21  Nov 2013

2011

quite rich, medium yellow colour. Creamy, apricot-flan aroma with vanilla seasoning, a spark of greengage plum, and also dried fruits. The palate has heart, and so will 1) go with fish, good flavoured dishes, and 2) last a little. It ends on pear-peach jam and honeycomb. Sound, low acidity Crozes, but its lime notes on the finish help its lift. Good with steamed fish, Japanese noodles, shrimps. 2016-17  Nov 2012

2010

shiny, slight green tints in its yellow, and glycerol in evidence. Hazelnut front air, with mild greengage plum fruit backing: a refined and persistent bouquet that is a tiny bit closed in. Air this before drinking. Has a mineral-infused debut to the palate – it shows more immediate cut than many 2010s. This is suited to light hors d'oeuvres, pasta dishes with simple sauces, or as an aperitif. It has the trademark 2010 fresh finish. I reckon the maker's aim for early drinkability has been achieved (tasted blind). I like the salty notes on the sign-off. w.o.w. wine – just drink it up. 13.5°. 2016-17 Nov 2011

2009 ()

50% Marsanne, 50% Roussanne this year: pretty yellow; wax and candy aroma, orderly and clean, not really out and about yet, has a drift of oak across it, is polished overall. There are oak tints in the flavour, the attack is fine; has gras at its heart, which shows notably on the second half, meaning it delivers to the finish. It has grip, is subtle and is suited to grilled white meats, chicken, soft cheese. It needs nine months to marshal its forces and develop a more expressive finale, but the balance is good. 13.5°. 2016-17 Nov 2010 Previously July 2010 **(*) cream, yellow robe; in keeping with its wide bottle, this has an oaked bouquet that is solid for now, shows traces of lime to encourage a wider future palette. It is drinkable but rather plain – it aims for elegance, but sacrifices depth in return. Ends quite freshly. From late 2011, can improve. 2017-18 July 2010

2008 ()

yellow with glints in it. Oak toast-hazelnut, slight furniture wax aroma, along with apricot – it is fresh. This has an agreeable peach-apricot flavour at the start. It lengthens quietly, loses a little gras as it does that, but never jars – it is smooth most of the way. Sympa, but it is a bit tight and taut in its last stages. Aperitif or fine flavours. 13°. To 2015. Nov 2009

2007 ()

bright, lively yellow colour; interesting, dried fruits, peach and banana aroma, passion fruit also, with a subtle, promising depth. The fruit moves off well on the attack – this has well-set gras, a fleshy texture at half way before ending rather roundly, with a hint of Marsanne tang. The Roussanne contributes flesh, the Marsanne provides the arrow of purpose. Best with food – poultry or turkey would be great, cheese also. 13°. To 2016. Nov 2009 Previously Dec 2008 **(*) sleek, shiny pale yellow. There are spice, white pepper airs in an as yet incomplete bouquet, one that will benefit from time. There are dried fruits, spicy brown sugar airs – this works more on finesse than power, and I also note some SO2 in the mix. This is a little pushed on the palate – it becomes taut with air, but the early exchanges offer dried fruits and hazelnut that are twinned on the attack. It is not generous for now, but has potential, is still measured in its length. Balance seems decent. From late 2009. 2014-15 Dec 2008