Domaine de Pelican, Le Montre du Soleil, IGP Pays d’Oc, Gignac (close to Aniane and Mas de Daumas Gassac), France, 2012
A blend of grenache noir, syrah and merlot; aged in oak, natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, ex cellar, €11
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, developing, with lightly high-toned opening aromas of sweet stewed red cherry and red currant, then floral peony, some spice, dried herbs and sweet liquorice.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium acidity, smooth medium well-integrated tannins, medium (+) alcohol and body, of medium intensity, with flavours showing again a little florality, then red fruit boiled sweets, stewed red cherry, a little black cherry and liquorice. A medium length with a clean, moderately grippy, jammy and lifted red fruit finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, showing a warm lifted nose, with balancing acidity to alcohol, in sympathy with flavour intensity, and modest rounded tannins. A modest level of complexity, showing evidence of tertiary development, with spicy, herbal and liquorice notes. There are decent levels of aroma and flavour intensity, but these are not reflected in the length. A wine which is ready now, with potential for development over 2-3 years max.