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Viognier (2004-05) growing 500 metres from Chavanay & St Michel-sur-Rhône in the Condrieu appellation & young Condrieu Viognier vines when applicable, granite soils, pre fermentation cool maceration, vat fermented, then raised then raised 50% 3-5 year 600-litre, 50% 3-5 year 228-litre oak casks 11 months, lees stirred, malo completed, in late 2010s has risen from 8,000 b to 20,000 b

2018

yellow robe; buttery, rather en finesse aroma, elegance in the glass, dried fruits, roasted nuts. The palate has a tender opening, bears neat white fruits, with a bonny gras that curves along nicely, shows a little late grip, apricot juice on the aftertaste. The fine texture pleases, and the finish is precise. €16.50. 14.5°. To 2024 Feb 2020

2016 ()

yellow robe. Aniseed shows on the nose, with elderflower, orange peel – it stands up freshly. The palate bears neat gras richness, and drinks well, on the button. It has a little freshness, can be drunk solo, and the mid-palate is on Viognier – true, squeezy content. This is w.o.w. wine, will be great with grilled fish. There is a touch of late tang. 12.5°. 20,000 b. 2020-21 Mar 2018

2015

shiny yellow robe. The nose is settling in well, has airs of ripe peach, honey, apricot, is rounding out. The palate has a little 2015 virility, firmness, is close-knit, tangy, of its vintage. The flavour clusters on white peach, banana. This is wine for la table, has a compact, rather stubborn close. It is slightly dumb just now. Air will help it, allow it to breathe. 12.5°. To 2021 Mar 2018

2014

fine yellow robe. The nose is open and pretty wide, with lime, greengage plum, spring flowers in a nicely airborne context. This drinks easily, a line of freshness aiding its clarity. It holds a neat ball of gras richness, dried fruits such as apricot in the flavour, quite grip. It finishes well, is well defined. 12.5°. To 2018  Oct 2015

2011

yellow robe, glints in it. buttery, mild aroma here, shows honeysuckle, flowers, quince and pear, mandarin and Spanish flan. The palate rolls out with ease, has a willing freshness, and flows very well. Has life and style, drinks well, is w.o.w. wine. It gets going and delivers well. The length is sound, nice late grip there that leads into a honeyed aftertaste. Good aperitif drinking. 12.5°. 2016-17  Oct 2012