Bottled by Paul Sapin for M&S, AOC/AOP Beaujolais, Burgundy, France, 2013
Varietal gamay, screw cap closure, 12%, M&S, £8.50
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, youthful, with fresh fruity aromas of red berries – strawberry, raspberry and slightly lifted red cherry. [With access to air and kept in the refrigerator for 2 days, glorious ripe blackcurrant is now the opening note, on both nose and palate].
Palate: a dry wine, with medium acidity, medium (-) smooth lightly grippy tannins, medium alcohol and a light body, with a watery texture, a medium intensity, with flavours of red cherry, freshly made warm strawberry jam, and black cherry boiled sweets. A medium length, with a clean lightly grippy red berry finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, youthful, fresh and fruity, red berry dominated. Acidity with tannins are appropriate for the alcohol, intensity of flavour and fruity style. Of modest flavour concentration, the length is a little short for the flavour intensity.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: This wine is ready to drink now. A lightweight, fresh and fruity wine vinified in stainless steel, it is not intended to benefit from ageing. It will hold for a year or so, but not improve.