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50% Marsanne (early 1980s), 50% Roussanne (early 1980s) from 12 rows on the west of Le Grand Courtil at Mercurol, a small hillock, alluvial soils, crop into Le Grand Courtil red until 2015, 4 week 75% new 600-litre oak cask vinification, 25% steel vat cask shape, then all raised steel vat casks on fine lees 10-11 months, first wine 2015, organic, biodynamic wine, 1,200 b

2018

yellow robe. The bouquet has weight, ripeness, presents a freighted opening, is buttery, brioche baked bread, wax, pineapple in behind. The palate is threaded with carbonic gas on its fat opening, rolls along with glycerol well established, develops depth via its oak towards the finish. This is sturdy. There are dried fruits, dried pear flavours, apricot, too. There’s a late clinch of exotic fruits and freshness. This is suited to la table, Asian cuisine, spiced fine with it. Decant it. 14°. From mid-2021. 2033-35 Dec 2019  GB £92/6 b in bond The Wine Society +44(0)1438 741177 https://www.thewinesociety.com/openingoffer/Overview.aspx?offercode=wrh181

2016

yellow robe that is pale, has a little thickness of content. The nose is based on ripe, rather sweet crushed white fruits, lemon, a compote of peach and pear, has a curvy appeal, sets it up well for la table. The palate runs with clear, tangy, rich content, oozes a little ginger snap on the second half, true Marsanne delivery there, beyond the sap of the maturing vines. There’s tangerine, a graceful note, on the aftertaste, along with liquid honey. It’s not yet out and unfurled, has potential in a mini-Hermitage vein. It bears a delicacy that is winning. 12°. 2026-27 Feb 2018

2015 ()

shiny yellow robe. Has a fine aroma led by cooked white fruits, cooked lemon, with apricot and white strawberry. The palate ravels, glides serenely, bears soft fruits with with a neat gras richness. This is stylish, refined. From spring 2017 for more declaration. Bottled Sept 2016. 50% Mars, 50% Rouss. 2022-23 Oct 2016