Chateau Serilhan, Cru Bourgeois, AOC/AOP St Estephe, Bordeaux, France, 2009
Natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, Waitrose Direct en primeur, about £15 delivered
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears
Nose: clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas of ripe slightly high-toned spicy black cherry, black berry, black currant, a rich dark floral note, with underlying cedar and a hint of liquorice.
Palate: a dry wine, medium acidity, ripe medium (+) tannins, medium alcohol and a medium body, a smooth texture, medium intensity, with flavours of black cherry, black berry and black plum, with underpinning oak. A medium (+) length, with a clean black cherry finish and a significant but not unpleasant grip.
Quality: a good quality wine, well made, showing rich black fruits and early signs of tertiary development, with a note of cedar. Well balanced acidity and tannins with alcohol, though the tannins are quite drying, but could soften with a little more age. Modest complexity, with modest flavour intensity and concentration of black fruit, following through to a decent length.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: ready to drink now, will develop and improve with further ageing over the next 3-5 years.