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from area east of Tain towards Romans-sur-Isère at Saint-Donat, sandy & clay-limestone soils, cool 24-48 hour decantation, steel vat fermented at 18°-20°C, vat raised 6-7 months, malo blocked


yellow colour; dried fruits, butter notes feature on the nose, which carries a little fresh glint from the Marsanne. This drinks well, has an apricot, white plum flavour with a smoky late note that is fresh for a second glass. It has its own agreeable, quiet style, with enough body for hors d’oeuvres dishes. 13°. To 2021 Nov 2019


pale yellow robe; the nose gives pear fruit from the Viognier, nuttiness, a hint of apricot and banana, is rounded, easy going. The palate is lightly fleshy, with white plum, grapey flavours, and a calm finish, settles well there. Has enough for la table, starter dishes, is clean wine, just a little low on soul. Not quite sure about this blend in a hot summer vintage, unlike 2016. 12.5°. To 2020 Dec 2018

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pale yellow robe. Apricot and aniseed, a hint of quince, mix on a slightly obscure bouquet – you have to seek it out. The palate works on a soft texture from the start, and its gras is fleshy, enjoyable. Good with poultry, mild cheese. The Viognier has been reined in, so it doesn’t suffocate the Marsanne, the finish being on a light Marsanne grip and tang This is well made. While it’s a shade neutral, the texture makes up for that, also its ability to do well à table. To 2019 Nov 2017


pale yellow. Cooked lemon, pear aroma, is discreetly rounded, and pretty inviting. The palate is soft, with a touch of inner tension and grip that render it clean and easy to drink. It fades a little on the close, but is perfectly sound – it’s a good aperitif, or with starter dishes. 12.5°. To 2018 Oct 2016