From the 100% Roussanne vines that Sylvain planted in Sarras and Ozon, on decomposed granite and loess. I think that his work with Stéphane Michel of Domaine du Tunnel really helped him hone his idea of how to make whites that capture both the power and freshness of Roussanne, as his whites have already become a “house specialty” that sell out FAST. From what he tells me, he compares the style of ’17 as inhabiting the middle ground between the solar richness of ’15 and the chiseled freshness of ’16, which sounds aok to me….13.5% alc.
“Pale yellow. Vibrant and sharply focused on the nose, displaying fresh citrus and orchard fruit scents complemented by ginger and dusty mineral nuances. Sappy and incisive on the palate, offering juicy Meyer lemon and green apple flavors that become deeper with air. In a juicy, graceful style, carrying no excess fat. The strong, persistent finish echoes the citrus fruit and mineral notes.” 91 Josh Raynolds