Chateau de la Gardine, AOC/AOP Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Vaucluse, Southern Rhone, France, 2010
This wine: an equal blend of GSM, aged 14-18 months in new oak barrels, natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, Vinophilie, 375ml, €12 (2015)
Consumer tasting note: a rich ripe black fruited wine with sympathetic toasty spicy oak in support, smooth, warming alcohol, with ripe tannins providing a sound backbone to the long length, infused with ripe black and red berries and warm liquorice.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of stewed black cherry, toast, warm liquorice, ripe black plum, slightly lifted tea rose, cinnamon, black cherry and spicy red cherry boiled sweets, red plum jam, dark chocolate.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, ripe medium (+) tannins, high alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of ripe red plum and red cherry, black berry, black cherry, toast, spice and warm liquorice. A long length with a clean rich ripe black fruit red fruit edged and liquorice finish, showing some alcoholic warmth, with unobtrusive tannins.
Quality: a very good quality wine, well made with a good balance of acidity and ripe tannins with fruit intensity, all harmonious with the warming alcohol, decent concentration and complexity from oak and bottle ageing, not outstanding, but with a good long rich length
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – quite well evolved now with tertiary cooked fruit and chocolate notes, and a little lacking in concentration.