Marc retired at the end of 2018, and son Guillaume is now firmly at the helm of this 3.5-hectare domaine, comprising parcels of old vines on the uncompromisingly steep slopes of Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage. For this talented and dedicated grower, simplicity and tradition are key: the wines made with low intervention, minimal de-stemming, and no new wood is to be found in his charmingly unassuming cellar in the centre of Tain-l’Hermitage. Guillaume describes 2019 as “solaire” and likens it to 2003. He tells us how vine age and terroir enabled his vines to weather the year’s heat successfully, and for this to express itself in the wines as power, concentration and elegance, without excess. In addition, he believes his use of whole bunches in fermentation ensured an additional burst of aromatic freshness and clarity. The quantity is, as always, regretfully small, but those lucky enough to get their hands on a case will not be disappointed. This domaine continues to excel year on year, and the wines prove themselves to be exceptionally age worthy.