1960s, 1970s Marsanne from Arras down to Mauves, mostly purchased crop, since 2006 90% vat fermented, raised, 10-15% 3 year old 600-litre oak casks fermented, raised 9-10 months, (before 2006 75% vat), lees stirred, 25-30,000 b
full yellow colour; the bouquet has depth, but is cautious today, gives a buttery note, brioche baked bread, an air of ripe nectarine fruit. It demands decanting. The palate carries sound richness, develops grip and tang from the Marsanne as it goes, the finish tight, just a little lip smacking. It’s understated, and I would revert from mid-2020. There is a light saline thread late on, in with carbonic gas. It’s unformed for now, patience is required. 14°. 2027-29 Nov 2019
½ bottle: firm yellow robe. Ginger-apricot, typical Marsanne notes on the nose, infused tea such as camomile, cooked lemon also. It’s an authentic start. The palate gives dried fruits, carbonic gas, ends on that pep, stem ginger, a flash of freedom. There is rather stylish gras within, neatly presented. Fine late crunch on the finish comes, with grip. It keeps going well, with orange marmalade and spearmint touches in support. 13.5°. 2022-23 Oct 2016
yellow robe; hazelnut, ginger, lime, classic Marsanne aroma, cooked pear in behind. The palate runs along straight channels, the white fruit and cooked citrus fruits lined with a little tannin. It ends with a low-key chewiness, toughens there. Decant it. 13.5°. 2022-23 Jan 2015
pale yellow; aniseed-licorice air precedes an appealing subset of cooked peach, spring flowers such as acacia. For now, the bouquet isn’t showing all it can do in depth. This is stylish above all; it offers well modulated waves of attractive white fruits with a velvet glove increase in grip as it goes. Precise and authentic – serve this in a large glass with fish such as sea bass, daurade, loup de mer. Traditional, well made wine with a strong, near floral appeal – it is w.o.w., very drinkable, and will go well with soft cheese. 13.5°. 2020-21 Nov 2013
fair yellow colour. Aniseed, greengage plum fruit aroma with a classic Marsanne hazelnut-honey core. The palate is close-knit, carries the restraint of 2011, with a fennel, tea infusion note towards the finish. A tight wine, a bit on the edge. From mid-2013. 13.5°. €18 at the cellars. To 2018-19. Nov 2012
subdued yellow; apricot-peach, nicely free bouquet with a spice sprinkle. The bouquet is engaging, nice and free. The palate also reflects cool airs, drinks well solo, or would be great with saucisson, in a zinc counter bar. It ends with matter, and keeps going. Finishes well, with grip. Convivial wine, w.o.w. It can take a second stage, but is great drinking all on its youth. 13.5°. 2018-19 June 2011
yellow, flint notes; greengage, white plum, salty airs – a broad but good and active bouquet here that is typically Marsanne in nature. Fine fruit and a hazelnut flavour on the palate, which has been made gently, and not overforced – an achievement in 2009. Pretty good length, a calm finish that gives a little honey and sound clarity. 13.5°. To 2016. €15.50 at the cellars. July 2010
matt yellow colour; flan-custard, apricot nose with good Marsanne typicity. Good poise on the palate – its white fruit is gentle, persistent in that vein. There is “space”, breeze in it, fine length. Can do the aperitif, is ready now. To 2014. July 2010
yellow traces in the robe; has a white pepper, vanilla-almond aroma, a hint of butter as well. There is a nice weave of sinew in the palate – it is direct and shows granite tension. It is “on the steel” for now, closed. There is late mandarin and dried fruit taste. This is a wine that augurs well, the length is discreet and persistent. 13.5°. To 2015-16. Jan 2008
full yellow, with some apricot in the robe; the nose has a full, flan style aroma, like crème patisserie, is pretty wide, and also has some low-key peach in its air. The palate is rather savoury in a traditional style, with clean lines. Has a very typical Marsanne roundness and hazelnut taste with dried fruits coming along late on. Runs well and consistently, and bears good richness with late grip. Beau, a nice do. 2012-13 Nov 2007
yellow robe; brown sugar and a bit of pear drop on the nose, has some roundness of a sort, with also a toasted, almost leathery-nutty effect. The palate starts mildly with a mineral touch in the stone fruit, comes over as typical Marsanne from the granite (tasted blind) at the finish, where it acquires a tight, rather peppery nature, a sort of “tac-tac” burst that you would never get from a white Crozes. Has local character. 2010. Dec 2006
elegant honey/floral aroma, quite low acidity, has poise. Soft, low profile, nutty wine. Decent richness, quietly done. Safe wine.
quite broad, not very profound nose; supple, cooked fruit, stuttering length.
melted butter, creamy nose; stone fruit/juniper. Quite tight. Mineral, dry pebbly end. esp 2004-05. To 2010-11
ripe grape skin, citronelle/spice aroma; sinewy texture, some mineral with light honey end. Fair core. Sound wine.
touch of advance on robe; pear/pineapple floating aroma; white peach on attack, drier end. Stone fruit is OK.