Domaine de Toasc, AOC/AOP Bellet Rouge, Provence, France, 2010
The domaine is about 10km east of Nice, at about 200m altitude, on alluvial soils of clay, sand and pebbles. A blend dominated by 65% folle noir, together with 30% grenache noir and 5% braquet (aka brachetto in Italy). Hand harvested; maturation includes 12 months in barrique. Natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, en France, about €15
This wine benefits from a few hours decanting, best of all though, is to drink a third, pump the air out, and consume the remainder the next day.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium intensity, developing with aromas of lightly high-toned red cherry and black berry; a floral whiff of violets, and a savoury earthy note.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium acidity, well-integrated smooth medium tannins, medium alcohol and body, of medium intensity, a smoothish texture, with lightly high-toned flavours of ripe red plum, black berry, and a hint of liquorice and nuts. A medium (+) length with a clean red fruit finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, with tannic structure sympathetic to the intensity of flavour; of modest complexity with some evidence of tertiary development with for example savoury and liquorice notes, but modest intensity throughout which feeds through to a modest length. Ready to drink now, this wine will keep for a year or so but not improve with cellaring.