Domaine Alain Burguet, Cuvee Symphonie, AOC/AOP Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Burgundy, France, 2011
This wine: A village wine, organically farmed, varietal pinot noir, 18 months in unspecified French oak, natural cork closure, 13% abv, Gauntleys, £45 (2016)
Consumer tasting note: dry and balanced, medium body, well developed with sweet ripe red fruit, a touch of dark berries and anise, and toasty and spicy tones from time in oak, with some tertiary dried fruit and flower notes from bottle ageing. Quite complex with modest concentration, with a good length.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of ripe red cherry, stewed strawberry, dried herbs, toast, blueberry, cinnamon, dried red berries, a floral whiff, anise and dried rose buds.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (-) ripe tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of bright red cherry, red plum, peony, tea rose, spice, toast, dried berries and low-key liquorice. A medium (+) length with a ripe red fruit and liquorice edged finish, with a slight bitterness on the end.
Quality: a very good quality wine, the structure of acidity and modest tannins is well balanced with alcohol and flavour decent intensity; showing complexity from time in wood and bottle ageing, with notes of spice and toast, along with dried fruit and flowers. Decent concentration following into a decent, but not outstanding length.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for a couple of years. Well balanced, and well, rather than fully developed, but will not improve.