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The Wines

18-30% Grenache blanc & gris, 20% Clairette blanche & rose, 15-25% Roussanne, 5-10% Viognier, 10-11% Bourboulenc, 5-15% Marsanne (2004) from 1.29 hectare, fermented, raised 10-15% new 450 & 600-litre oak casks (down from 33% new in early 2010s), 85-90% 1-4 year 450 & 600-litre oak casks 12 months, malo completed, first wine 1994, “minerality comes through with age”, organic, biodynamic wine, 3,500-5,000 b

2017 ()

pale yellow; the nose carries smoky appeal, Poire William pear fruit, fennel, white plum, light toasting, brings interest. The palate has a suave and juicy debut, a soft texture all through, a flavour of apricot, white plums, with smoke, cigarette ash touches. The feel is good, which is central to its appeal. The close is lip-smacking. It’s a good, serene table wine with some 2017 warmth late on, is suited to sauced dishes. It’s just starting out now. From late 2019. Bottled Oct 2018. 2027-28 Feb 2019

2016

fine yellow colour. Elderflower, compote or stewed fruits aroma, flowers and infused tea mingle on the nose that also carries a discreet thread of freshness. The palate gives gourmand, nicely full texture and gras richness, is squeezy, layered, lengthens steadily into a plump close. This is good table wine, will accompany sauces well, since it is based on glycerol, and holds enjoyable fullness. 14°. The 1.29 hectare gave 32 hl this year, 4,280 b. Bottled 22 Aug 2017. 2027-28 Feb 2018

2015 ()

(cask) shiny yellow robe. The nose is rich, toasted, suggests low acidity. Peach, acacia flower, camomile tea, pear in syrup feature. The palate offers squeezy gras, with fat and plump gras at its centre. It holds together in a round ball, the flavour showing ripe peach, greengage, some nuttiness. It ends discreetly rounded. “The 2015 white has more matter than the 2014,” Frédéri Férigoule. The pH on this is 3.45, the 2014 pH was 3.5/3.55. From spring 2018. 2027-28  July 2016

2014

yellow robe. Peach, quince, oak toast, vanilla, a drift of banana: there is certainly plenty here in a big bouquet that has the potential to evolve, clam down, vary in a more fine-tuned way. The palate bears supple, stylish gras, gives a plump show of white fruits at first, then later toasted detail. It is still very much under the influence of its raising, is a bit dumb. So leave for 15 to 18 months. It is table wine with a lissom texture and heart. It ends en finesse, with aniseed on the aftertaste. “It is starting to be interesting, and will be clearly a lot better in a year’s time,” Serge Férigoule. Bottled 28 Aug 2015. 13.5°. 5,000 b. 30% Gren bl & gris, 20% Clair bl & rose, 18% Rouss, 15% Mars, 11% Bourb, 6% Vio. 2026-28  July 2016

2011 ()

nice and full yellow. The nose is shapely, wee banana and mango airs present – it is wholesome and is getting together nicely, shows peach, pear, lime touches. The gras on the palate is nicely round, its flavour including scented tea, pekoe tea, hazelnut which increase its interest. This is well up to Asiatic dishes, also chicken, guinea fowl. The length is sound, has quiet grip as it ends. 14°. 2020-21. €23 at the cellars. 5,000 b this year.  May 2013 Previously Oct 2012 *** yellow, pear tints. There is a roll of ripe, glazed fruit on the nose, a drift of lavender – the nose is attractive. It gives a light cigarette or burnt ash note with cooked pear prominent, flan and marmalade. The palate is rather strong, forceful, closed post-bottling. It expresses dried white fruits on the finish, is suited to food. At its centre are bonbon sweets, candy, sweet jam notes. Re-taste when older. Decant this. 14°. From 2014. “The Clairette and Bourboulenc suffered from hydric stress this year, and we picked them one month late,” Frédéri Férigoule. Bottled end August 2012. 2022-23  Oct 2012

2010 ()

flinty, pale yellow, wee green tints. Has a nice, wide nose that shows white fruit jam, spice, white pepper and a light note of lime. The palate has a great attack – it leads on a honeyed, apricot flavour with good integration and then vanilla from its oak. Its richness is secure, well set, and I note the slight end sweet touch from its 2.8 gm of residual sugar. “Good with Asiatic dishes – langoustines with mango, a fresh or dry goat cheese, Roquefort blue cheese, pork,” S Férigoule. Pretty wine that shows good truth, requires food. It ends on restraint after the lively attack. Nice and complete wine. 14°. Bottled Oct 2011. 2019-20 Feb 2012

2008 ()

2 bottles tasted, 1st corked: 2nd bottle: yellow robe that has a correct salty clarity, on the button. This bouquet is refined, good, shows white fruits, is nicely firm and also bears floral airs, has an STGT style nature. Fine-tuned white fruits lead the palate. This is suited to the aperitif, but has agreeable late width and spread-out. Good local feel in this, grips well on the finish. 2016-17 Oct 2010

2007

yellow, steady depth. Has a big horizon bouquet that mixes oak with exotic fruits such as pineapple, along with traditional Rhône associations such as hazelnut and damp wool. The palate is sealed up, doesn't give a lot away, and ends up on its most obvious current feature, namely its oak. There is a suggestion of white raisin, honey, even curry, also aniseed late on. It's rather potent. Decant this. From 2012-13 for calmer waters. 14°. 2019-21 July 2010 Previously Jan 2008 *** (450-litre casks) yellow, slightly lime colour; light toasting from its oak is no surprise, but there are white fruit such as peach, honey and floral aromas, too. A low-key richness on the palate – this is playing a waiting game. Has not yet done its malo, and will be more defined after that. Pretty decent. To 2014. Jan 2008

2006 ()

quite marked yellow; buttery, a bit toasted aroma with lime and nuts also. Has a rich, fat, even start to the palate, and its butter-flan taste continues. It's nicely extended, and is at a very rounded stage. It will become more varied by mid-2009. The length is good. It is a little low in acidity. Best with food, not solo. Bottled end August this year. To 2013 Jan 2008

2005 No Rating

very slow fermentation this year, and bottled March 2007 – 12 months of alcoholic fermentation, six months of malolactic fermentation

2003 ()

honey-oak mix, peach fruit - full and long bouquet. Spiced, oak-tinged flavour, good richness at its heart. Robust wine as usual. Only 1% Roussanne this year - crop was grilled by the heat Aug 11-13. Viognier, Grenache Blanc picked a week ahead of Clairette, Bourboulenc. To 2007 - early wine due to low acidity. March 2005

2001 ()

copious, beefy bouquet that still shows oak, but is reserved; its aromas run along honey-apricot lines. Some white fruit on the palate – peach and banana, quince, too. Here the oak is becoming absorbed. This can be drunk at one's leisure – no hurry on this showing. Very good with goat cheese – Picodon or a Touraine Pouligny St-Pierre, also Tomme de Savoie. 2009-11 July 2005

1999

some white fruit mixed with oak on the nose; is a chewy, full wine, with citrus and dried fruits in the flavour and an oaked, rather heated ending. A big scale wine with a solid frame. Leave until 2004 and this will show well, with mature richness. 2008-09 May 2001