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60-80% Marsanne (1920s-1930s), 20-40% Roussanne (1998-2003), vat decantation, then varieties fermented, raised apart in 20% new, 80% 5-6 year 228-litre oak casks 10-11 months, lees stirred, malo completed, filtered, 3,400-4,000 b

2017 ()

yellow robe. There is light toasting, a very much en finesse aroma, a nose of intricate detail, cooked lemon, acacia flowers, jasmin – it gives a honey, elegant trail. The palate links very well to the nose into grand, stylish fruit and gras, prolongs well, the Marsanne-Roussanne blend right on the button to achieve gentle florality and grip, structure, orange, mandarin zest, nut paste on the close. This is very high quality, a lovely wine of balance, even in a warm year. 13.5°. 4,000 b. €21. 2023-24 Dec 2018

2016 ()

clear yellow robe. The nose kicks off with tropical fruits, pineapple and mango, bam! There is a stylish fat surround to them, a hint of aniseed and quince bringing a fine line of freshness. The palate bears a suave richness, its gras plump and tasty. This drinks with great pleasure, has a grapey essence in its flavour, notes of white peach, apricot.  It’s well juiced and free, with a serene composition, a curvy, well extended finish. This is stylish, classy Saint-Péray, good for fine fish, turbot, poultry dishes, Japanese cuisine. 13.5°. 80% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne.To 2021 Nov 2017

2015

shiny yellow robe, hints of green. The nose confers an air of toasting that is nice and pure, also a fine apricot-lemon duo. It has quiet weight. The palate bears cool fruit with a clean, aniseed freshness through it. It drinks well now, openly, on its early fruit and softness. There is a becoming floral presence, and it is an elegant Saint-Péray for lightly flavoured dishes. 13.5°. 2020-21 Oct 2016

2014

yellow robe, shine in it, legs visible. The aniseed, smoky nature of the nose almost involves blackcurrant bud, has a stream of smoky oak in play as well. The palate hands out a wide richness with elegance in its smooth texture, the depth well founded. Drink this with upmarket fish, seafood. The close brings in a salty tang and some good persistence. 13.5°. €18. 2021-22 GB £90/6 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com Oct 2015 

2013

yellow robe. Vanilla, toast, lightly oaked first air, some ginger as a result, and soft white fruits. The palate is elegant, bears fruit of good poise, and ends with a little local drive, honey and white raisin, a spot of gras richness there in its persistence. A little exotic fruit and oak show here. This is well made, true, close to STGT wine. It is a very good blend of body or content and acidity. 13.5°. 2022-24  GB £102/6 bots in bond Berry Brothers 0800 280 2440 +44(0)207 022 8973  www.bbr.com GB £95/6 bots in bond The Wine Society +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com  Jan 2015

2012

pale yellow, legs. Airs of spring flowers feature in a tempting bouquet – one that floats like a butterfly, offers nudges of pear, white peach. This is stylish – it holds its cards close, but the length is secure, and the feel agreeable. Its gras richness is suave. It ends with good, quite firmness. It is all as one – it just needs coaxing out. There is fine fruit with the precision of 2012 on the finish. From mid-2014. 13.5°. 2020-21  Nov 2013

2011 ()

pale yellow, flinty hue. Has a white stone fruit aroma with a zesty top air. Aniseed and licorice show, with an undernote of liquid honey. The palate has a nutty start, sound grip, bears a stewed apple and pear flavour, notes of greengage plum, white raisin and vanilla alongside. A solid Saint-Péray, one with no real sizzle in it, a wine adept with pork, turkey dishes. The length is sound, the grip good. The aftertaste brings in honey, orange marmalade touches. 13.5°. 2017-18  Nov 2013

2008 ()

lime marmalade, honey and bonbon sweets aroma, with soft oak and pineapple airs behind. The palate is interesting – the Roussanne extends it, brings a white jam ending that is nice and safe, rounded. Good balance here. The finish is discreet, fine, salty. 2013-14. 80% Marsanne this year. Dec 2009

2007 ()

fine yellow robe with a rich aspect. The bouquet has a salty top air, with a white pepper, dried fruits undertone, raosted hazelnuts – typical of Saint-Péray. The palate starts richly, then takes on a burnt, insistent nature, meaning that it ends a little dourly, without joy. The attack works, the finish less so. The aftertaste comes back on a salty, tangy naote, mineral-plus. Leave this until autumn 2009. It has enough content for a future development. To 2014. 13.5°. I regret the use of a Heavy Bottle for this – BOO, Stéphane! March 2009

2006 ()

the bouquet needs six months – leave until mid-2008: shows a honeyed air, with wee traces of fennel and spiced plum, greengage. The palate is creamy, almost opulent with its white fruit backed by some spice. Nice length here – it persists well. Holds good matter, and its richness is not OTT (over the top). Has a round, easy-textured finale. To 2012. Dec 2007

2005

open, free spirit nose that floats with pear, acacia and some hazelnut. Low key start to palate, is mildly nutty, the flavour a touch dry. The classic bitterness – the amertume – of the Marsanne is in evidence. Correct length. Refined wine, is subdued. 13° 2010-12 Nov 2006

2004

buttery, cleanly struck bouquet with a tickle of oak, has nice cool tones along with some honey. Round, supple palate with sound core and an easy style. A storming aftertaste - hazelnut, dried apricot. This carries a well-woven richness with a fine bone to it. Even with the oak, shows local feel. Drinks well now, comes in the stylish Tunnel shape. To 2009-10. June 2006

2003

pear, bonbon sweets style aroma, plenty to come, full bouquet. Flan, crème patisserie attack with stone fruits following and a hint of mineral on the end. Full, broad wine with some heat. The power takes it along, it's not that long. Marsanne in full bloom here. To 2010-11. Dec 2004 Previously (cask) *** promising elements - broad bouquet, firm texture, with richness, good length.

2002

light exotic fruit/oak aroma; some roundness, subdued flavour. Soft; light pineapple/heated end. Fades - oak props it up.

2001 ()

calm, elegant dried fruits scent; refined flavour - greengage, light toast, with sinew. Clean, quite length. Stylish.