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Viognier (early 2000s) from W facing schist soils, direct whole bunch pressing, 3-4 hour cool decantation, fermented at 20°C, raised 1-year 228-litre oak casks 10 months, tall bottle, “I really like the Viognier off schist, but it’s hard to sell at its high Seyssuel price unless you have a sommelier or a wine shop owner right behind it”, 600 b

2018 ()

shiny yellow robe; the bouquet runs with exotic fruits, papaya, aniseed. The palate holds savoury, refined gras, is plumply fruited, white fruits here, peach, with the strength of glazed fruits, orange marmalade late on. It ends firmly, with some cut, gunflint, lift. – the Seyssuel effect there. There is wire strength on the aftertaste. 14°. 600 b. €30. 2026-27 Dec 2019

2013 ()

good shiny yellow robe; pear-pear skin aroma, a spiced note with a baked-flan underair. This is a genuine Viognier, with a musky curve, peach-pear-apricot all nicely jumbled together. It is overtly fat on the palate – it billows out, the texture coated. This has a crowd-pleasing depth, and also ends on a small note of grip/salt, which helps its finesse. Dried fruits, and a touch of tannin show on the finish, along with vanilla pod and apricot. Lots of wine for a vin de pays, impressively so. 13°. To 2017  May 2015

2012 ()

rather full yellow. Has a baked apple, Bramely apple, acetate and varnish aroma – this is a big hitter with a poached pear backdrop. It presents true Viognier in the glass, along with oak and toast smoking. The palate has a line of sleek fruit, with wax and pear present. It is tight, a little taut, shows acetate notes again on the palate. There is a grainy, white pepper tone, and a fine trail of licorice late on. It doesn’t ignite me – it is OK, but could be longer, more flourishing, as it ends. 13.5°. 2016-17  Dec 2013, East Sussex