Plenitude Madiran, Saint-Mont, South-west France, 2002
Cabernet sauvingon – tannat blend. Tannat has been suggested to be the best red wine to drink for your heart, a healthy one that is; 14% abv, natural cork closure with sealing wax capsule. The label is interesting – it’s embossed metal, with an antique finish; Weaver’s Wine, Nottingham, about £19.
The wine benefits from 2 to 3 hours decanting into a jug.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – deep intensity garnet, showing distinct tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, well developed, with aromas of black berry, red cherry, vanilla, oak and spice – black peppery, and smoke.
Palate – a dry wine, medium (+) acidity, smooth textured medium tannins, high alcohol, full bodied, with medium intensity flavours of black currant, black cherry, vanilla and spice, a hint of dark chocolate, with a long length and clean finish.
Quality – a moderately complex wine; a balanced wine, alcohol matching acidity and the intensity of the flavour profile; needs a few hours decanting for the range of aromas and flavours to emerge. A food wine, would suit an overnight slow cooked red meat casserole.