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Viognier (2012) from gravel, sandy soils, granite sediment on plain at Tournon, close to Mauves, 50-60% steel vat, 40-50% used 228-litre oak cask fermented after fermentation started in steel vat, raised 8 months, malo completed, 650-8,000 b


fine yellow robe; pear, pear skin, table wax airs, a hint of apricot. This is country wine, not forced, is all about texture and an aroma of flowers, a neat apricot centre. It is buttery late on, the finale rounded. It’s easy to drink. 13.5°. IGP Ardèche this year. To 2021 Dec 2019

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IGP Ardèche: yellow robe. Has a ripe, glazed sugar, buttery aroma with peach and flowers present. The palate is rich in feel, but not especially thorough, has a mild roundness, a touch of tang, on the close. It’s soft, OK . . . Drink with light flavoured dishes. 8,000 b. 55% vat, 45% cask. To 2019 March 2018


Collines Rhodaniennes: two parts tasted: 1) (cask, sugars and malo finished) *** just 3 stars: warm yellow robe. Has a pear, candy, bonbon aroma, with toasting and vanilla – it is a rather big bouquet. The palate has a savoury debut with tight acidity. This has sound stuffing. It avoids, just, late bitter notes from the young vines. It has enough body for la table. 2) (vat, sugars and malo finished) *** yellow robe. Peach/pear, grapey, white raisin airs in a near musky aroma – this is a generous nose. The palate runs with direct compote, stewed fruits, a note of tang on the finish. This has solid content for a vin de pays, good flesh. The nose is more exuberant on the vat wine, while the palate ends better on the cask wine. 4,000 b. 50% vat, 50% cask. To 2018  Dec 2015