Domaine Lacroix-Vanel fine amor, Pezenas, AOC/AOP Coteaux de Languedoc, France, 2010
A blend of grenache and syrah; aged in tank (cuve resine) over 18 months; natural cork closure, 14% abv, Costco, about £9
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, developing, with a slighty high-toned opening aroma of black berried fruits – ripe bilberry and blackberry, then floral hints of sweet iris and violet, sweet dried herbs, roasted hazelnuts and tobacco.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, smooth medium well-integrated tannins, medium (+) alcohol and a medium (+) body, with a smooth texture, of medium (+) intensity, with slightly high-toned flavours of rich ripe bilberry and blackberry, with a little spicy black cherry, savoury and sweet tobacco nuances. A long length with a clean black fruited finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, nicely balanced, and easy to drink. Quite complex with lots on the nose, with good intensity on the palate with rich ripe berry flavours and signs of tertiary evolution with savoury and tobacco notes. A long length infused by slightly high-toned blackberry and black cherry. Ready to drink now, this wine will continue to develop over the next 3-5 years.