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Viognier (2003-2004-2005) from sanded granite, arzelle soils on Les Côtes at Chavanay, steel vat fermented, raised 10% steel vat, 90% 228-litre oak casks (40% 1-year, 60% 2-year oak) 6 months, fined, filtered, tall bottle, “drink as aperitif, or with foie gras, white meats, rigotte de Condrieu (local goat cheese)”, 3-7,500 b

2018

full yellow; the bouquet is reserved, but carries depth, a ripe peach aroma central, honeyed notes alongside. The palate gives a rich, rolling attack, with layered, fleshy, white-fruited content, which holds well throughout. The finish is well rounded. This works well as full, table friendly Condrieu which doesn’t go too far on its ripeness. It’s right on the go now. 14°. 7,450 b. €24. 2022-23 Nov 2019

2015 ()

shiny yellow robe, some green tints. The nose bears an air of elder berry, pear fruit that is ripe, has a muscled depth via its compact filling. The palate bears fleshy content, with a little extra bite from its tannins that prolong the finish. There is a note of cooked lemon in with its nectarine fruit. A steady wine, for la table. 13.5°. 6,000 b. €13.68 export. To 2019 Oct 2016

2013

shiny yellow, legs. Peach-banana first aroma, a flan backdrop. The palate is salty, fresh, has a white fruits flavour with a nudge of flowers. It takes on slightly thicker notes of white fruit jam, then drops. Just favours drinking with food over aperitif. There is a little spritz here, and it is disjointed. 13°. To 2017 Jan 2015

2007

pale yellow robe; pear aroma, an attractive nose with pretty spice clarity in it. The palate fruit is attractive – it mixes flavours of pear, apricot, banana. The length is sound, and it is broad on the finish, although just a bit burnt there. To 2011. March 2009