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60-100% Marsanne (late 1970s from rolled galet stone, clay soils on Les Saviaux La Roche-de-Glun), 0-40% Roussanne (2003, 2014 at Mercurol, La Roche de Glun), cool 24 hr decantation after whole bunch pressing, 50% steel vat, 50% 2-6 year 228-litre oak cask fermented over several months, raised 8 months, lees stirred, malo completed, fined, filtered, organic, biodynamic wine, 2,500-5,000 b


gold-hued robe; the bouquet is wide, weighty, lines up rich, ripe fruit, with barley sugar, tilleul [lime-linden], grape essence and coconut aromas, an unusual mix. The palate comes with a red wine form, structure; it’s reserved, tight-knit, oaked, shows a brief flavour of brioche bread and apricot. It has enough richness for butter-based cuisine, even if it feels a little constructed. The finish is quiet in expression, firm. Decanting needed. I’m not quite sure what to make of this. 12.5°. 90% Marsanne, 10% Roussanne. 2022-23 Dec 2018 Previously Nov 2018 ***(*) quite a full yellow. Papaya-pineapple, jungle airs, a good slice n’dice tropical debut, the fruit ripe. The palate carries vintage fat; there’s also grilling, soft white fruits, florality towards the finish. There’s just enough acidity on the end to keep it fresh. This has fine detail, is precise, ends tenderly. 2021-22 Nov 2018

2016 ()

shiny yellow robe. The bouquet is nicely together, knit, shows quince, guava, greengage plum, banana, has a neat curve. The palate has a flavour of exotic fruits, involves pineapple, white plum, white peach. This is gentle, rather savoury, is going well now, is nice and relaxed. Good for hors d’oeuvres dishes. 12.5°. 2020-21 Nov 2018

2015 ()

full yellow robe. The bouquet is fat, has an air of Muscat grapes, barley sugar, Canteloupe melon. The palate is muscled, strong – there is a locked in, clamped down content based on flan, mango-papaya fruits, and a sense of late tannin. It’s overtly southern in origin, requires la table and full flavoured dishes. It has a firm foundation, and a slightly torrid aftertaste. Decant this. 14°. 4,000 b. 80% Mars, 20% Rouss. 2021-22 Oct 2016


quite a shiny yellow. This has a fat air of exotic fruits, pineapple chunks, brioche baked bread, infused tea, a touch of melted butter. The style sought here is one of a sit-down, table wine. Its features are plump, the fruit not easy to define, perhaps a little quince late on, apricot, along with vanilla and flan. For now, its raising is thus forming its flavour. Decant it. From late 2014. 13°. Bottled 29 Aug 2013, so has had some bottle time. 2,500 b. 90% Marsanne, 10% Roussanne. 2019-20  Nov 2013


shiny, pale yellow. The bouquet mixes spice, honeysuckle, melted butter, pear drop sweets and also shows a note of lime tart. The palate leads with an apricot-peach jam, rather savoury flavour, and is suited to pork, soft cheeses over aperitif drinking. There are touches of spice and infused leaves such as verveine (verbena) through it, with fennel notes on the aftertaste. Interesting, well-collected wine of sound length. 12.5°. To 2018  Nov 2012


quite a firm yellow. Has a rich air, led by pineapple chunks, exotic fruits, white raisin, the fruits are ripe, while white truffle hovers. The palate starts on flavours of banana and cooked pineapple; its texture is oily, gives an immediate coating of gras; its richness brings in Asiatic, spiced dishes, sauced chicken, foie gras, mushroom pastas. It swirls in its fat, has a swell texture, ending on lime marmalade, vanilla. It is mostly absorbing its oak now. Decant this. Food is a must. 13°. To 2016  Nov 2012


marked yellow robe; varnish first air, a tight and rather smouldering bouquet with the vintage imprint of candy and bonbon from the ripeness. Solid style, hunky palate – it is based more on nut and baked fruits than clear fruiting. Best for food, hors d`oeuvres. Not really together , but a little late acidity helps the finish. 12.5°. To 2014. July 2010

2008 No Rating

only 1,600 b this year

2007 ()

nutty, white fruits jam aroma, pineapple airs from the oak. The palate is “rich”, but static – it needs more acidity. The length is only fair. Lacks appeal. March 2009


mild yellow robe; oak lies on top of a ripe fruit, candy air, and lends a pastry-butterscotch effect – this is a full aroma. The palate is fairly rich in texture, the oak providing a vanilla taste. The length is OK. It is abit low-key in exporession now, but can live a little, and has nice Marsanne typicity inside. Cleanly made, this can do as an aperitif or go with simple foods that blend with its gentle nature. There is a touch of late vivacity on the aftertaste. 13°. To 2012. Jan 2008 Previously Nov 2006 *(*) very primary aroma, with quite a rich core; the palate has a floral, easy charm that is developing. A soft and early drinking wine. To 2009. Nov 2006