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95% Marsanne, 5% Roussanne (1960s) from granite & gneiss soils on Palets, Les Blaches at St Jean-de-Muzols, cool decantation post pressing, 10% of fermentation in steel vat, then rest fermented, raised 10% new, 40% 1-2 year, 50% 4-5 year 228-litre oak casks 12 months, monthly lees stirring, malo completed, filtered, 3,000 b

2017

glowing dark yellow robe; the bouquet is fully charged with a tropical fruit salad, pineapple, cooked lime, vanilla in the mix, sizzled butter undertones. The palate gives a cool thread of Marsanne fruit, with apricot, ginger in the tang. It drinks well with its gusto and largesse, is on a good equal footing with fish such as halibut, monkish, tuna, sauces included. It has the form of a red wine in its structure and length, and engages very well. Serve in a large glass. 13.5°. 95% Marsanne, 5% Roussanne. 2027-29 Dec 2018

2015

(cask) yellow robe. The nose is led by citrus aromas, with a light note of pineapple, toasting present. The palate presents a suave content, a flavour of white peach, a steady gras which turns calmly in the glass. There is attractive lime fruit on the finish. This is stylish, and neat, a pretty wine. I like its florality. 2020-21 Oct 2016