Moulin de Gassac, Albaran, Aniane, IGP Pays d’Herault, Languedoc, France, 2015.
This wine: on slopes of sandstone, limestones and marl, the limestone shows lots of small fossils – I have a sample; a 50:50 blend of cabernet sauvignon and grenache, 9 months part-maturation in barrique, Diam3 agglomerate cork closure, 13% abv, ex-producer, €7 (2016).
Consumer tasting note: an intense nose of bright red berries with a toasty, liquorice edge and a touch of darker berries, which thicken with time; fresh red and black berries in the mouth, quite straightforward and simple, with a modest length. Needs 1 hour decanting.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of slightly lifted bright red cherry, touch of red pepper, red plum, black cherry, touch of blackberry, mint, a bit floral – violets, a little toast spice and vanilla.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium alcohol and medium (-) body, medium intensity, flavours of red pepper, black cherry, liquorice, toast, black currant, ripe red cherry, then black berry boiled sweets. A medium length with a clean red berry finish.
Quality: of good quality with a balance of acidity plus tannins with flavour intensity, modest throughout, with some complexity, well made with an oaky edge.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: can drink now, will keep for 2-3 years but not improve – a sound structure but indicative concentration and length are lacking.