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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

2018 ()

yellow robe, green tints. Cooked lime, spring flowers feature in a joli, entertaining nose, ripe peach, white plum also. It’s gently salted, and there’s good, series of fine prompts on it. The palate works well on suave gras, dried fruits central to it, nutty notes. It’s elegant and persistent, with a good finish on finesse and style, is buttery there. It bears the clarity of the maison, the usual refinement of the whites. It’s a table wine for fine flavoured dishes, steamed fish, Japanese cuisine. It has fine acidity, pitter patter length. 80% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne. This is a VALUE buy. To 2025 Dec 2019  £115/6 b in bond The Wine Society +44(0)1438 741177 https://www.thewinesociety.com/openingoffer/Overview.aspx?offercode=wrh181

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.