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Roussanne (1997-2002, 2005-06) from granite soils on Barras, 50% fermented, raised 10 hl tronconic oak vat (new, 3 years, 8 years old, the richest plot crop in new oak), 30% steel vat, 20% 4-5 year 228-litre oak casks 9-10 months, malo completed, filtered, first wine 2003, "drink this young", 5-10,000 b

2017

shiny yellow; the nose has a cooked lemon, peach-apricot aroma, white and wild strawberry, flowers of spring, oaking involved. It’s a nicely accurate start. The palate is tender, expresses rolling gras content, gains grip, moves into a nutty-floral close, is soft there. There’s a very likeable gain in acidity and grip as it goes. This is poised, articulate, enjoyable, for la table, deserves fine fish such as halibut, even turbot. The finish is calm, neatly rounded, a cool note on the aftertaste encouraging a second glass. 13.5°. 2023-24 Dec 2018

2016

yellow robe; the nose is floral, elegant, lightly buttery, a note of pear. This has Roussanne style, is on citrus. The palate is en finesse, has a flavour of white plum, is fragrant, shows a little late grip. This is joli, comes with fine acidity, is graceful, holds well. 13.5°. To 2021 Nov 2018 Previously Nov 2017 ***(*) clear yellow with some green glints. The bouquet has a typical Roussanne style of light flowers, mild lemon and grapey airs, has a floating rather than grounded nature. The palate runs with ease, comes with trim richness, a flavour of peach and nectarine, a grapey essence with guava towards the finish. It’s elegant, smooth St-Péray for instant drinking. 13.5°. To 2020 Nov 2017

2015 ()

rather full, shiny yellow robe. The nose is broad, prominent, gives a dense mass of pineapple and varnish, beeswax, oaking well involved. The palate is also weighty, comes with a full content and lemon touches in its apricot setting. This demands leaving until spring 2018: it has a red wine physique, and needs a good table, with fish such as monkfish, smoked haddock, tuna on the agenda. It’s long and well-filled, a muscled, southern take on Saint-Péray. 13°5. 5,000 b. 2024-26 Oct 2016

2014

yellow robe, some green tints. The bouquet breathes an elegant air, white plum fruit, a light salting. The palate is threaded with a bonny freshness, has good grip and balance. The fruit and gras are delivered with care, and it is a wine that asks you to seek it out, rather than the other way around: I like that. Serve in a large glass, bring on the wild turbot. There are winning little lime, citrus nudges on the late moments. 13.5°. €17. 10,000 b. 2021-22  GB £90/6 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.comOct 2015 

2013 ()

elegant, fine yellow robe. The nose is varied, interesting, presents a good collection of dried fruits, flan or crème patisserie and floral dabs such as acacia. This is very light touch and beau on the palate; the flavour centres on discreet pear and stewed white fruits, some exotic fruits on the finish. The acidity is fine, and it is long and well made. The depth is stylish, it persists well, speaks well in its subtle nature. It beats a lot of northern Rhône whites. “It is vin de table – for dishes,” Stéphane Robert. 6,500 b. 13.5°. 2020-21 Feb 2015

2012 ()

minor green, shiny yellow robe, legs down the glass. The palate is discreetly wrapped, its heartbeat a quiet cooked lime, plum fruit. The finish is well tucked in, round, clear and precise. Good style here: it drinks well now, will be more open from mid-2014. 13.5°. To 2019  Nov 2013

2011 ()

pale yellow. Lime-mandarin aroma, stem ginger, a light air of vanilla with that. Also on the go are cooked pear, tangerine and guava airs that make up a broad ensemble. The palate has a comfortable roundness, a peach-apricot flavour, a tang of quince. Mild acidity runs through this, is stylish. Its gras richness is suited to cheese, grilled or pan-fried sole, bar, sea bass, for instance. Floral, appealing traits here, good purity of Roussanne. 13.5°. 30 hl/ha. To 2017  Nov 2012

2009

fat yellow colour; wide, almost copious nose with oak present – it reaches out, shows butter and lime, is a bit got up. The palate is constructed around its oak – it gives a hearty fullness, fat has been sought here. Its plumpness demands food, not aperitif drinking. Pretty good length, a little mineral appears late on to free it up. From spring 2011. To 2016. July 2010

2008 ()

gentle yellow robe; baked fruits aroma that is agreeable fresh, with still more to offer; lime and mandarin touches add cut, and within there is enough fat to be like a Viognier – a very true Roussanne showing here, thus. This is suave, measured wine, has a good run of white fruit, nutty in parts, and a consistent, textured flow. There is a good little area of late acidity and low-key punch and assertion, demonstrating its southern leaning. It is as clear as anything, really handsome, and goes very well indeed with scallops, which are offset by its mineral note. 13.5°. To 2017 Nov 2009

2007

yellow robe; calm, currently subdued nose – like banana flambé, with a mineral cut in the air, and aromas of peach and oak-toast. The lead on the palate is very Roussanne – a flavour of orange marmalade, a tangy taste with clear lines along the later stages, a true granite-mineral glint. It ends on a little heat and feistiness. A cellar-constructed, but effective wine – OK to drink now on its vigour, or from 2010 for more open expression, or double decant in between times. This can live. 13°. 2016-18 March 2009

2006 ()

yellow colour, with some lime tints. The nose runs across the glass, trailing some gently baked fruits and a little oaking – is just in check before it becomes potent. The palate is given extra scale by some oaking. The palate starts on the trail of flan, along with some spice. It is a little burnt towards the finish, even though the surround is a mild affair. To 2010. Jan 2008 Previously Dec 2007 ***(*) lime, citronelle tart aroma with a little bonbon and candy as well. The palate mixes some richness with the intrinsic grip of the Roussanne: this is a poised wine with good length. Presents some chewiness on the finish, where there is some heat. Has a hearty core and quite a rounded outer. To 2010. Dec 2007

2005

marked yellow robe; ripe white fruits aroma with a salty, typical topping and some custard – this aims for the big scale but is actually refined. Ripe palate that is moving towards a rounded whole, but shows a compact nut flavour now. There is life on the finish with a chewiness that parallels a red wine in its sequence. Elegant and nicely full, buttery and clear flavour. Yes – plenty of elegance. 2013-14 Nov 2006

2004 ()

butter, quince jelly aroma that is high tone in style, also pear and a citrus, mineral cut. Baked fruits flavour with a clean texture and a decisive finish. Well-founded depth from the start to mid-palate. The mineral content works well, reflects the Roussanne. Dried apricots aftertaste. To 2008-09. June 2006