Domaine de Ricaud, AOC Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux, France 2011
Grown on argilo-calcaire (clay-limestone) soil. Mainly a 60:40 sauvignon:semillon blend, with a splash of muscadelle. Vinified in epoxy-coated concrete vats, with a short pre-fermentation temperature-controlled maceration on the skins. The wine is left on the fine lees in vats (no time given), prior to bottling. Agglomerate cork closure, 12.5% abv, Weavers Wines, about £10
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity lemon, showing tears
Nose: clean on the nose, with a medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas of gooseberry and ripe bell pepper, and warm fresh-cut grass, then with hints of honey, a nutty almond-like note and a spicy liquorice note.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, with a slight gummy grip, medium alcohol, a medium body with a slightly oily texture, and a medium intensity, with flavours of grapefruit, low-key bell pepper, and a herbaceous note of blackcurrant bud. A medium (+) length, with a clean slightly grippy finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, with balanced acidity and alcohol, which are harmonious with the intensity of flavour. The aroma and flavour palates are modest yet interesting, with much more on the nose, with modest fruit concentration, and tertiary nutty and liquorice hints. A wine that is ready to drink, and will improve and evolve a little more with cellaring over 2-3 years.