(2016) Again there is a flintiness to this, a touch of ripe, almost cabbagy, vegetal note, with a ripe fruit beneath. The palate has lots of fruit sweetness and charm. The richness and ripeness is notable, with an almost oily viscosity and weight. Delicious and so different to the Vaillons again.
(2016) Taut, mineral-flecked stuff with much more flint and river stone character, the palate orange and lemon, very clear, very precise, with a real mountain stream clarity and flowing, long finish. Note, stockist quoted at time of writing is for the 2012 vintage.
(2016) Lovely and quite exotic nose, with a little spice and almost toasty note (though no oak used) and a ripe apple fruitiness. A sense of roundness and richness on the palate, with a broad-based but keen acidity and a nice creamy texture. Delicious and concentrated, but also quite open and charming.
(2016) Some proportion vinified in 600 litre older barrels, one third. From a parcel on limestone. Barrels from Burgundy used for gentle oxidation not flavour. Lovely nutty character, but a buoyant fruitiness of yellow plum and cut apple, but then the minerals and the salts kick in, giving this a delicious flinty, gunsmoke finish.
(2016) Massive minerality, so much salt and flint, from a very hot year, but Stephan says just let wines such as this age and they 'rediscover' their minerality and their terroir despite any vintage condition. Drinks beautifully with smoke and great fruit, and that saline finish.
(2016) A touch of nettle and oxidation, meaty and dry apple. The palate has massive, tight acids and minerals, delicious kick of salty acidity and a real mid-palate peachy freshness. A touch of vanilla, a touch more truffle in a delicious wine with potential to age and open further.
(2016) Ripe, figgy touches, both ripe and edged with herbs and vegetal notes in an interesting mix. Such equisite lime and lemon juiciness and thirst-inducing saline freshness, long and just deliciously tangy and drinkable.
(2016) A very small proportion of barrel vinification for this, again older barrels and for a shorter time than the Vaillons as wine from this soil cannot support so much wood. Meaty and earthy on the nose, a dry apple fruit and touches of wild herbs and spice. Sweet fruit, ripe and though not quite the fullness if structure of the Vaillons, gorgeous fleet footed stuff.
(2016) The vines are more than 50 years old, Stephane's grandparent's vineyard. Has the lovely wild yeast, cool and earthy aromatic. Bread notes and lemon. Fine saltiness here, juiciness and a sour plum bite. Juicy, savoury and taut, and delicious.
(2016) Very softly fragrant and fruit dominated, the oak is a little further into the background compared to the 2012, the touch of passionfruit here, and a classy character with lots of good fruit, melted and fused with the acidity, and excellent length. Delicious and focused.