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The Wines

100% Marsanne (1990) from 0.43 ha on Les Oliviers at Tournon (1990), 0.4 ha South-facing on Les Opateyres at Tournon (2009), fermentation starts in steel vat, wild yeasts, then transferred to 1-10 year 228-litre oak casks, raised 12 months, malo completed, 3,000-3,500 b

2018

Bottle 1: *** shiny yellow robe; apricot-pear, wax airs, a nose with a thread of freshness. This is traditional, for la table St Joseph, comes with apricot, white plum flavours, has brioche notes, further wax, roasts nuts, vanilla at the end. It’s a bit oxidative in style, but has gras. Bottle 2: *** newly opened bottle - yellow robe; the nose is cooler than the previous, has a peach-wax air, crème patisserie, roast nuts. The palate gives a flavour of dried fruits, cooked lime, the texture soft. It’s easy to drink, has a sympa floral note on the finish, is pleasing, ends on greengage plum. 13.5°. To 2023 Dec 2019

2017 ()

(used 228-litre cask) fine yellow colour; there is low-level richness in the nose, sun apparent, beeswax, oiliness, peach and roast nuts. The palate has a fat debut, is silky, textured with grip-tang-ginger towards the end, the close good and steady. This is very true STGT wine with a joli heart. There’s a bit more acidity than 2015, the style is nice and relaxed. It’s authentic, another good country wine from J-C. 2025-26 March 2018

2016 ()

shiny yellow robe. Has a quietly graceful nose, an air of white peach; it’s precise, shows a neat grapiness. This is mild on the palate, gives a little stream of floral white fruits, is restrained and together, a nice country wine, a tender offering. It has good style and a relaxed manner. “It has good balance and acidity,” Jean-Claude Marsanne. 12.5°. 2024-25 March 2018

2015 ()

shiny, fine yellow. The nose is just entering a roundness of the second phase, the soft fat of 2015, a pear in syrup note that resembles Condrieu, apricot also, a little bit of Marsanne ginger snap. The palate is snugly rich, holds enjoyable gras with peach-nectarine, grapiness, has the smooth texture of 2015, is on glycerol. This is table wine from Mauves – the ease and gras of its place, with gentle late grip. 2022-23 Nov 2017 Previously Dec 2015 ***(*) (228-litre used oak cask, sugars, malo completed) yellow robe. Elderberry, crushed peach, hazelnut show in a sturdy bouquet. This is concentrated, near red wine in shape and expression, has a lot of content, some late tannin. The flavour moves in on white fruits, brioche baked bread, has serious style, is a grounded wine. 14.1°. 2025-26  Dec 2015

2014 ()

yellow robe. Peach, cooked banana, near flan airs show in a rather thick bouquet. The palate has a creamy, nutty debut, with toasted moments, apricot juice in the flavour. It has its local appeal, is still subdued from its bottling in September. It is a grounded wine for la table. Decant it. It can grow with time. 13.9°. From mid-2016. 2025-26  Dec 2015

2013

shiny yellow robe. The bouquet has a peach air, light nuttiness, lime: it is restrained. The palate holds tight content, as per the vintage. The flavour centres on stone fruits with a pear inflection. The finale is calm, round – a joli moment there. It is well bundled together, is a take your time wine. 13°. 2025-26 Apr 2016 Previously Dec 2015 **** (tank since the malo is still working) glinting yellow robe. Lime-apricot, beguiling aroma that has real good, plump appeal, with a Marsanne-inspired backdrop of hazelnut. STGT hits town on the palate! This has an apricot-peach flavour, deft nut moments, steady late grip. It has a very good core of stylish gras, and lengthens with no pauses. Good style and richness here. “It was always very good, but very acid, live; it now tastes well,” Jean-Claude Marsanne. 14.4°. 2025-27 Dec 2015

2011

pale yellow. Dried fruits, white jam, some spice – the aroma is typical, bears strong hazelnut, nougat. This has a honeyed flavour, with peach jam that is very ripe in behind that. Good, local wine, without pretension. It is a bit low on acidity, which comes through towards the finish. It lacks some brio, and flattens. A good wine for food, country dishes. There are honey and vanilla notes on the aftertaste. 13°. 2017-18  Oct 2012

2007

has a nice, full aroma – it is honeyed, shows hazelnut, is very Marsanne (the grape, not the man) in nature. The palate has a rich, rounded flavour – its content is very pretty, and the length notable. Hazelnut features on the aftertaste. To 2014 March 2009

2006

yellow, wee gold, at first a little cloudy robe. Has a big, broad exotic nose, way to go! The contributors include white raisin, caramel, almost petrol, with cooked lime and its cool thread as well, almonds. After three hours it moves towards exotic fruits such as ripe mango. Its gras texture on the palate is authentic, absolutely true. It bears white stone fruits, apricot juice, smokiness. There was one new cask used this year, but that has largely been absorbed. It shows quince clarity late on. Beau, STGT wine, very good with Vieille France dishes such as chicken of Bresse with a morilles wild mushroom cream sauce. There is detailed freshness on the finish, which grips well – that is one of its ace cards, delivering a typical Marsanne sign-off. A real treat, well worth the nine year wait. 14°. 2025-27  Dec 2015

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2002

2001

creamy, suave melted butter nose; elegant, soft flavour, almond finish, length OK.

2000

quite a rich nose, damp/grapefruit aromas; tasty, pineapple/buttery, nice width, Fair length, easy to like. To 2009

1999