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The Wines

100% Marsanne, fermented, raised 20% new, 80% 1-2 year 228-litre oak casks 8 months

2013

yellow robe. Ginger, light air of orange marmalade, roasted nuts and almonds on a discreet nose that nevertheless has sound depth, and is clear. The palate gives a rather stylish ball of gras with spice and salted notes. It runs along very well, with the neat richness and cool length combining well. This has more style than many white Crozes, raises the bar. Drink now – it can serve for the aperitif or steamed dishes, but not too heavy flavours or sauces. Good length, fine late droplets of taste. A stylish, soft, w.o.w. wine that cleverly captures the finesse from the Marsanne. It is suited to prawns. 13.1°. To 2018  Jan 2015

2012

fresh, pale yellow. The top aroma is live, bracing, offers aniseed, gives a real fennel tang, also zesty fruits. A lemon, cooked citrus flavour starts the palate; this feels like low temperature fermentation white that manages some local ID through its soft richness, and avoids too much tropical fruiting. It doesn’t have great palate depth – skims along – but does have a measured, soft tread length, keeps going. Made to please early in its life, is a rather metropolitan styled wine, don’t scare the horses. 13°. To 2018  Oct 2013

2011 ()

quite a rich looking yellow. The bouquet is broad – it gives cooked white peach, nut such as almond paste. This is a rich form of white Crozes, comes with a light trim of spice. Its oaking lies pretty well within. The palate taste starts on flan and custard, crème patisserie, then a late entrance of lime and spice. It ends on a mixture of vanilla pod, almond and nougat, with a note of tilleul (linden) and stem ginger. Nice flair and variety on the finish here, where the flavour drops, but the aromas enhance it. Drink with soft cheeses, pork, bass in sauce etc. 13°. 2017-18  Nov 2012