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The Wines

60-100% Marsanne (early 1990s), 0-40% Roussanne from granite soils, some limestone on the slope of Les Pends at Mercurol (20%, Roussanne), and the stony plain at Chanos-Curson & La Roche de Glun inc Les Saviaux (80%), 80% purchased harvest, 20% own harvest (until mid-2010s was 60% purchased wine, 40% purchased crop), whole bunch press, cool decantation, 50% steel vat, 50% new, 2-3 year 228-litre & 600-litre oak cask fermented, raised 7-8 months, oak & vat assembled before bottling in May (until late 2010s was 25% new, 75% 2-3 year 228-litre with a little 600-litre oak cask fermented at 16°C, tronconic oak vat & cask raised on lees 8-9 months), malo usually blocked, filtered, purchased crop vinified by Alexandrins since 2015, has risen from 4,500-4,800 b to 9,400 b

2018 ()

firm yellow colour; the bouquet is nutty, grape, has a nice floral shimmer, shows apricot juice airs, with oak toasting. The palate is agreeably stylish, comes with precise grip, cooked citrus, lemon touches, a floral finish with quiet grip. It’s joli, well drinkable, very sympa, easy, clear drinking. 12.5° - the first crop harvested. Malo partly completed this year. To 2022 Dec 2018

2016 ()

yellow robe. Lemon curd, rounded, peach and white peach airs on the plump nose, whose shape is bonny, curved. The palate goes off on stylish gras with good Marsanne gradual entry, gentle life, with some late tannin. This is kind wine with a touch of late honey, honeycomb, greengage plum in the flavour. 13°. To 2022 March 2018

2014

yellow robe. Peach and a note of Riesling petrol come forward on the nose; there is sound depth. The palate is stylish, bears enjoyable white stone fruit, and gradually ties in a close of quiet grip. Well made, well balanced wine that achieves body and freshness that together add to its quality. 13°. 4,500 b. €16. 2020-21  Oct 2015 

2013

yellow robe. Apricot and honey show in a classic, typical Marsanne aroma, with light pear also, and camomile tea. This is nicely styled, holds a supple, good fleshy content. There is a gras-sweet mix on the end, then some detailed acidity as it closes. This is attractive table wine, good for fish, soft cheese. 13°. 2019-20 Oct 2015

2012

pale, green-tinted yellow robe. Has a sparky, carbonic gas style nose, elderberry, light vanilla, an inviting white plum also. This is mild, safe Crozes blanc – it takes the airborne route over the grounded route, so engages partially, not wholly. It is civilised but not full of character. There are mild citrus late moments. This is just not very local, or expressive, the fruit is indistinct, it is a bit insipid. 13°. 2017-18  Nov 2013

2011 ()

shiny, medium yellow. Has a round, rather copious air that shows flan and generous white stone fruit jam, a note of spice, white raisin, drifts of hazelnut: this is typical, ripe Marsanne. The palate richness is attractive – it has enough matter to do well with roast chicken in tarragon, aubergine dishes and so on. It ends on its gras, holds it well. Has good, genuine, rich texture, a note of flan in the flavour. The nose is more expressive than the palate. 13.5°. To 2018.  Nov 2012