Chateau Roquefort, Roque Fortissime, AOC/AOP Bordeaux, France, 2013
Varietal sauvignon blanc, 10 months in unspecified oak, long natural cork closure, 12% abv, Waitrose, £10.50
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas of ripe grapefruit, lemon zest, ripe dessert apple, warmer stone fruit – white peach and apricot, with an indistinct tropical note, then there is something vegetal like over-ripe green pepper, and a spicy edge of anise.
Palate: a dry wine, high acidity, medium alcohol and a medium (-) body, medium (+) intensity, a very light grip from use of not new oak. Flavours of ripe green pepper, pink grapefruit and lemon pith, unripe apricot, and an oaky undertone. A medium (+) length with a clean, fresh, apple and citrus finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, slightly over-high acidity over-counters the fruit intensity, there is deft use of oak adding a little body and texture and a further dimension to the flavour palette, but it lacks complexity and concentration, though the length is better than expected.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: drink now, not suitable for ageing, though it will keep for 1-2 years; acidity is out of balance with fruit intensity, so with further time the fruit will fade and the acidity stick out more.