Capitain Gagnerot, AOC/AOP Ladoix, Cote de Beaune (Northern reaches), Burgundy, France, 2012
Calcareous soils; hand harvested, fermented in open-topped vessels for 15 days; 13 months aging in oak, of which 10% new; varietal pinot noir, Ardeaseal closure, 13%, en France, about €15.
Appearance – Clear and bright, pale intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas of red currant, raspberry, cranberry, red cherry, a hint of strawberry, sweet spice – cinnamon and clove, with the merest whiff of oak and a little dried red berry – cranberry and cherry, and a little savoury.
Palate – a dry wine, medium (+) acidity, fine-grained silky medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, a medium (-) body, medium intensity, a seeming sweetness on mid-palate, with flavours of cranberry, red currant raspberry, and sweet spice. A medium length with a clean red berry finish.
Quality – a good quality wine, acidity and tannins nicely balancing the intensity of mainly primary red fruit flavours, though showing some development, with dried berry and savouriness just starting. Showing some complexity across primary fruits, spicy evidence of oak, and tertiary notes. Concentration a little lacking which shows in the length, otherwise this would be very good quality.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: ready to drink, but has potential for aging. The acid-tannin backbone is there, but length and concentration are not great, leading to an estimate of improvement in bottle over 2-3 years.