Chateau Martillac, Cuvee de l’Armateur, AOC/AOP Loupiac, Bordeaux, France, 2006
Loupiac is one of the less well-known sweet wine appellations, including Sainte Croix du Mont and Cadillac, on the right bank of the Garonne, opposite the more famous sweet wine appellations of Sauternes and Barsac. As with the latter, localised climatic conditions give rise to botrytis cinerea (noble rot) here too. The varieties are the same – semillon, sauvignon blanc and muscadelle, but the wines more affordable, albeit a much simpler alternative, than the expensive cousins on the left bank.
Natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, 37.5cl, Delilah, £11
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas of lightly high-toned orange marmalade, warm but sharply aromatic honey, warm tinned yellow peach, and overripe pineapple, spicy nuances, with a low-key waxy undertone.
Palate – a sweet wine, medium acidity, medium (+) alcohol and a full viscous body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth oily texture with the slightest grip, with flavours of over-ripe pineapple, spicy ethereal orange marmalade, ripe mango and dried tropical fruits. A medium (+) length with an almost clean botrytised fruit lightly grippy finish.
Quality – a good quality wine, with a richly flavoured yet modest range of aroma and flavour, with a low-level of complexity. Good intensity and concentration of flavour follow through to the longish length, infused with botrytised notes, but the palate is not quite cleansed as the medium acidity is a little out of balance with residual sugar plus alcohol.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: ready to drink now, this fully developed wine will hold for 2-3 years and not improve.