The fact that the vines are grown on north-facing slopes gives incredible freshness and imparts a minerality and elegance to the Marsanne grape comparable with that found in a Hermitage white. The Roussanne is typically acidic and develops aromas of verbena, citronella and honeysuckle. Eloi Dürrbach likens the addition of Chardonnay to adding salt and pepper to a dish.
About the iconic labels: Before his death in 2000, René Dürrbach painted a series of 50 posters which have served as the labels (and calling card of the domaine) ever since. Each year, the family selects the poster that best reflects the characteristics of the vintage; the warm 2003 label has bright yellows, oranges and deep reds, whereas cooler vintages have tones of blue and purple.