Moulin de Gassac, Albaran, Aniane, IGP Pays d’Herault, Languedoc, France, 2013.
On slopes of sandstone, limestones and marl; a 50:50 blend of cabernet sauvignon and grenache, 9 months part-maturation in barrique, natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, ex-producer, €6.50
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 rich ripe black currant, sweet black cherry, sweet violet, iris, hints of liquorice and vanilla.
Palate: a dry wine, medium (+) acidity, fine-grained medium (+) tannins, medium (+) alcohol and a medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of sweet ripe black cherry, over-ripe black berry, blackcurrant boiled sweets and a sweet savoury note. A medium length with a clean blackcurrant moderately grippy finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, starting to show some tertiary development with hints of liquorice and savoury notes. Fine acidity and modest tannins are a match for the intensity of predominantly rich black berry flavour, and whilst showing a good level of fruit concentration and interesting complexity on the nose, this does not follow through on the length. Tannins remain quite grippy on the finish, which will round out with a little more time.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: ready to drink now, this wine could optionally do with another 2-3 years to further round out the tannins, during which time the balance, fruit intensity and early signs of tertiary development, suggest accompanying further development and improvement.