La Patrie, AOP Gaillac Perle, France 2012
Predominantly loin de l’oeil (aka len de l’el), with muscadelle and mauzac. Little if any prickle to justify the term perle. Screw cap closure, 12% abv, £8 Sainsbury.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, pale intensity gold, showing distinct tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas of sweet dessert apple puree, then ripe melon and overripe grapefruit.
Palate – a dry wine, with high acidity with a slight drying on the gums, medium alcohol and a medium (-) body, with a medium intensity, with flavours of ripe citrus – grapefruit and lemon; a clean crisp medium (+) finish.
Quality – a wine of good quality, with good concentration but a fairly simply range of aromas; alcohol is in balance with the brisk acidity, which are in harmony with the flavour intensity. A good length with a crisp clean finish, this wine will keep for a year or two.