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80-100% Marsanne (early 2000s-mid-2010s) from sandy granite soils on plateau at 300 metres at Saint-Pierre de Boeuf, 0-20% Roussanne (early 2000s, granite, at Pélussin), late ripening vineyards, hand harvested, direct whole bunch pressing, 3-4 hour cool, severe decantation, fermented at 20°C, raised 1-4 year 400-litre & 500-litre oak casks 10 months, lees stirred, malo completed, fined, filtered, screwcap closure, has been Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes, 100% Marsanne until 2018, 10-12,000 b

2018

yellow robe; the nose is ripe, shows pineapple, toasting, apricot juice, cooked lemon. The palate sets off fully, gras immediate, right there, is deep all though, but also, importantly, has spine, with fleshy flanks. There’s a lot in the glass; it’s just OK on freshness. The Marsanne tang at the end works well. This is savoury, fleshy, very good, has enough for la table over solo drinking. It’s **** given its price of €11.50 at the cellars. 13.5°. To 2023. Dec 2019

2017

pale yellow colour. The nose is reticent, a light drift of orange blossom, a sense of carbonic gas, elegant toasting. The palate produces a candy flavour, with typical Marsanne almond-nougat nuttiness, develops gras and sweet notes through its course, ends on salted cut. The carbonic gas is evident in its slight spritz. There’s slight floral blossom on the end. This is correct, but not more, is best suited to the aperitif. 13°. To 2020 Dec 2018

2013

quite a firm yellow colour. Has a mandarin-led, zesty bouquet with an attractive roll of flan and apricot below as security. This has plenty of aroma for a vin de pays; there are light banana notes also. The palate starts with a mix of crisp texture and citrus fruit; it gives a spiced, quite dry aspect on the finish. It is pretty tight wine, has enough body to avoid being clipped. It serves as quite a bracing aperitif, or will drink with lightly flavoured dishes. It  ends in grainy, clear fashion. Day 2: it gives a clear aperitif, shows small pockets of gars towards the finish, the aftertaste is salted. 13°. To 2018  Feb 2015

2012 ()

pale yellow. Honey, white plum, smoke-flint aroma, an attractive, fresh lime cut in it, Bergamot and tangerine – made for aperitif judging by the nose. The palate has an immediate, suave richness on display. Plump little mid-palate here. It ends on compote of white fruits, apricot, with low-key pineapple as it extends. Its texture is a high card in its hand, really keeps going well for a vin de pays, is serious. Serve chilled, will go down well. It shows the rising standards of Rhône vin de pays whites. It offers a complete white wine, well made, with character. Very good. 13°. To 2017.  Oct 2013