L’escarpolette, Vin de France (Montpeyroux), France, 2010.
A blend of 60% cinsault and carignan, organic (uncertified), 13% abv, natural cork closure; Robersons, about £12.
Needs decanting for an hour.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, medium (+) intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, pronounced intensity, developing, stewed red plum, dried rose, prune, a herbal-savory note – garrigue-like if you’ve ever run your hands over wild thyme and rosemary in Provence, with a hint of VA.
Palate – the wine is dry, with medium acidity, medium smooth tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, a medium (+) intensity, with flavours of red plum juice, stewed red cherry, prune and a savoury spicy note. The finish is long and clean.
Quality and comment – a wine of good quality, with moderate concentration and complexity, balanced with smooth moderate tannin and a long length with a clean finish. A food wine.