2013 St Joseph Blanc, Le Lombard, Domaine Yves Cuilleron

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Lombard is sourced from vines near to the Cuilleron winery in Chavanay, where the Condrieu vineyards reluctantly cede to those of St Joseph. The soil does not lack for granite, however, and its aspect is suitably precarious. Made from 50-year-old Marsanne, the 2013 has notes of wax, quince and orchard fruit, and a salinity on the back palate which would do no disservice to a plate of red mullet or similar. Simon Field MW - Rhône Buyer Dynamic and energetic, Yves sometimes gives the impression of trying too hard: there is so much activity and so many wines, why can’t the message be clearer? We