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The Wines

80-95% Roussanne, 5-20% Marsanne (mid-1980s) from clay-limestone, some granite soils on Les Blâches, steel vat fermented, wild yeasts, raised 5-6 months, malo blocked, fined, first wine 2011, 3,500-6,000 b

2018

full yellow; the bouquet is a tropical fruit extravaganza, papaya and mango come forward, suggestive of very ripe Roussanne [tasted blind], a note of grilling behind. It has width, and depth. The palate continues on a theme of pineapple fruit with inner intensity, and certain length, displaying a note of oak on the close. It’s almost flashy, but appeals via its engaging openness, has a grapey, obvious nature. It’s suited to refined dishes. 13.5°. 2024-25 Nov 2019

2017 ()

full yellow robe. The bouquet is a large bundle of exotic fruits, pineapple and mango notably, has a gleaming intensity. The palate reflects the ripe fruiting of the nose, is all on fat and plump delivery, the shape round, the flavours on light notes of cooked orange, peach stone. The finish has tidy grip. It’s a glycerol-filled wine for la table, veal, pork dishes, fish pie, mushroom risotto suited. 13.5°. 2025-26  Dec 2018

2015 ()

prominent yellow robe. The nose is broad, fat; brioche with a subdued air of flan feature in the front rank, followed by a touch of cooked lemon. The palate is juicy and enjoyable, offres immediate fleshy content with white fruits such as peach and plum, also apricot, involved, the last named showing on the aftertaste. It’s a table wine, in the immediate, holds carbonic gas, so drink until 2020. 13.5°. 4,000 b. €9.50 export. 90% Rouss, 10% Mars. Oct 2016

2014

firm, full yellow colour. The nose suggests Roussanne harvested with some extreme ripeness (tasted blind) – there is a fat, exotic fruit jelly lead aroma, like sliced mango chunks. The palate is abundant, with a smoky hover above a flavour of white peach, nectarine. This is a full-on, traditional style of Saint-Péray, and will be good with Asiatic cuisine. It finishes full of running. 13°. 2019-20  Oct 2015 

2013

2 bottles tasted, the 1st is badly corked. Bottle 2: mango, guava, pineapple airs – an assembly of jungle fruits in an exuberant nose. The palate has a syrup of fruit style, near liqueur, glazed fruits, fat, some vanilla. Drink this with country foods. 13°. 3,500 b. 90% R 10% M this year. €13.80 at the cellars. To 2018  Jan 2015

2012 ()

yellow robe. Has a plumptious air of flan, cooked apricot in the lead, is  just a bit square. The palate is also rounded, and nearly robust. It lengthens steadily with its confirmed gras richness on the train. It is sturdier than most, is a sit down wine. There is a taste of vanilla sponge cake on the aftertaste. Decanting will unlock more uplift. Its core is firm, and it is a touch on latent power, is a bit heavy booted, but has traditional virtues. It doesn’t try to be coy – is a “there you go” wine. From mid-2014. 13°. Drink with pork, spaghettis. 2019-20.  4,000 b. 95% Rouss, 5% Mars. €13 at the cellars.  Nov 2013

2011

shiny yellow; candy, cooked pear and apricot aroma, shows flan and greengage plum, soft white raisin, banana – it is good and open, the cards on the table. The palate is compact, sleek, well-filled; after a white jam, hint of camomile attack, it takes on butter and toffee towards the finish, where it is broad. A wine of honest virtues, feels hand-made, marks for character. Drinks well now. 13°. To 2018  Nov 2012 Previously Feb 2012 ***(*) pale robe. Flan, banana, slight tropical fruit air – it is cautious after its bottling last week; there are peach, apricot skin airs. The palate has an easy richness on the start, and will come through more over time. Has sound length. It ends firmly and quietly. Decant this. 13°. 2015-16 Feb 2012