Bergerie de L’Hortus, Classique, AOC/AOP Pic St Loup – Coteaux de Languedoc, France, 2015
This wine: grown on 20-30% slopes of limestone scree at 150-200m altitude; a blend of mourvedre, grenache and syrah; the mourvedre is shown some oak; natural cork closure, 13% abv, ex-producer, €10.55 (2016)
Consumer tasting note: unoaked bright fresh red cherry fruit, quite intense on the nose, with a darker fruit edge, lightly confected with warm liquorice; much less exuberant in the mid-palate with mostly red fruits, quite plain, with a modest length.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity purple, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of bright red cherry, red plum juice, slightly confected, slightly lifted darker fruit – blackberry, liquorice and a touch of menthol.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium alcohol and a medium body, medium intensity, with flavours of a touch of blackberry, red cherry, red plum juice, whiff of liquorice. A medium length with a clean red cherry finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, with fresh acidity bolstering the tannins and balancing flavour intensity; a palette of bright red fruits on the nose with some complexity of confection, darker fruits and menthol; quite plain in the mid-palate with modest concentration and length.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: drink now, will not improve, but will keep for 1-3 years.