(80% marsanne and 20% roussanne): Pale yellow. Intense, mineral-accented aromas of pear skin, peach, quinine and white flowers. Bright and incisive, offering tangy lemon and deeper pit fruit flavors and a touch of anise. Shows a strong mineral quality on the clinging, spicy finish. Pierre Gonon told me that this wine had only recently been bottled and that it should be putting on weight through the coming spring.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: March/April 2013
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
The 2011 Saint Joseph Les Oliviers Blanc, a blend of 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne that aged on lees for 11 months in old barrels, exhibits classy golden fruits, mineral, honeycomb and hints of baking bread on the nose. Balanced, with building richness as well as integrated acidity, this medium to full-bodied white will drink nicely for over a decade.