100% Marsanne on Maison Blanche, Rocoules (1960s-1970s), no destemming, oak-fermented, in 20% new, 40% each 1-2 yr oak, raised 9 months, lees stirred, made in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 1,560-3,000 b
yellow robe. The bouquet is sturdy, nicely so, comes with prominent oak-toast, lemon, has strength, the fruit centred on tangerine-mandarin, apricot, white peach. There is much toasting. This bustles out on the palate, is close-knit, has a nutty flavour, light peanut, with verve on the finish. This light on its outer, but firmer within. The balance is good. There are meaty moments, is content sealed. The fluid, quite free travelling aftertaste is clear, and it delivers a decent amount as it ends. It has more depth and guts than the Stérimberg 2010. 13.5°. 2036-39 Nov 2016
full yellow robe, with legs down the glass. Has an open bouquet that is wide and buttery, with flan and ripe lime in it and oak across it. The palate has a bountiful, rich texture with apricot in the flavour, and later on honey and hazelnut. There is a good ensemble of matter and grip. This is more Rhône-like than the other domaine whites. Its length is fine and it ends on a taste of liquid honey. Can be drunk now. Is a safe and sound, polished wine that won't scare anyone, but may not light fires, either. 13.5°. 2019-22 Dec 2008 Previously Nov 2007 **** wide nose that goes in the direction of being savoury, and is also quite complex, has light spice with a crème patisserie aroma. Some cooked apple, too. The palate has width and is a more serious wine than their other whites: runs well, with good foundation and clean lines – so it should for its price of €140 a bottle tax included. Pebbly late on, its length is good. Has some scale and persistence, a firm core to it. Ends tightly now. From 2010. 2023-25 Nov 2007. I can only think that this will not help Stérimberg in any shape or form.