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80-85% Marsanne, 15-20% young Roussanne, fermented, raised 50% vat, 50% new oak 12 months, "drink with sauced fish, chicken in a cream sauce"

2018

level yellow robe; the bouquet is broad, offers plenty, has a flan, custard aroma, with ripe white peach, vanilla present. It exudes some of the sun rays of 2018. The palate is well furnished with grapey content, carries some tannic firmness, goes long without effort. It’s a stylish, nicely full, up tempo St Jo, with precision in its delivery, floral touches and white fruit streams. 13.5°. 80% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne. 2028-29 Nov 2019

2008 ()

½ bottle: mild yellow, green glints in the robe. Oak toast top air to the bouquet, with good, seasoned fruit below, white fruits and flowers adding fragrance. Has a nice flan, buttery debut, with banana in the flavour. Gradual grip and purposeful length on this. Good wine, well textured, quiet gras in it, one that lasts well. Bottled 1 week ago. To 2016. Nov 2009

2007

mild yellow; dried fruits, varnish and nougat aromas. The palate gives steely white fruit, grips tight – extends with a hazelnut, quite firm late texture. An upright wine – decant this. The acidity is quite prominent. Foods best – poultry, for instance. 13°. To 2015. Nov 2009

2006 ()

light yellow colour; has a lightly nutted, wispy aroma, with some spice and honey – although dumb now, it is a mild affair. The palate has a white fruit, rather aniseed flavour – this is a wine with some vivacity, suited to drinking as an aperitif now. Ends on a measured, slightly rounded note, with white peach and aniseed towards the finish. OK, but not compelling. When its identity is revealed – I am surprised: this reflects a big change of policy – this is only 13°, the crop has been probably picked earlier, and there may be less obvious oaking. To 2012. Jan 2008

2005

minor yellow robe; nutty, aromatic aroma with nice continuity, has some banana and pear – is quite potent and shows oak. A vibrant thread runs through the palate, with some weight within. The length is elegant, suggesting some Roussanne here. Has a clear, nutted finish. There is a definite fuse of power here, with the aftertaste reflecting oak and heat: is a full-on wine. To 2010-11. Dec 2006

2004

hazelnut, well-modelled bouquet. Palate shows an interesting mix of richness and acidity. Sound length. Solid quality. March 2005

2003

banana, buttery aroma, some exotic tones. Raisiny flavour, lot of fat and width. Broad, sit-down wine. Dried fruits finish, includes some alcohol. The ensemble works OK, wine is cleanly made and round. 2010

2002 ()

(vat) light fruit, struggles to show much core

2001

pretty, broad nose. Full, has good apricot/peach richness. Nut, oak/heat end, tasty.

1997

very true to its year: fleshy, open, some exotic fruits, ripe wine. March 2000