Henri et Nadia Drouineau, Domaine de la Villa Rosa, Vielles Vignes, AOC/AOP Saumur-Champigny, Maine-et-Loire, France, 2015
This appellation is on the left bank of the Loire, centred on the town of Saumur. Soils are limestone-based, permitted varieties are cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon.
This wine: Looking at the tasting note, probably a blend of the permitted varieties, natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, ex-producer €7 (2016)
Consumer tasting note: a liquorice and black berry entry, fresh acidity and unobtrusive tannins, seen some oak so spice showing, palate is similarly black berried with a decent length, needs decanting for 30 minutes to show its best.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of spicy blackberry, warm liquorice, hint of red currant, a herbaceous dimension, gorse flower (delicate coconut-like), touches of spice, and chocolate after 30 minutes.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, fine-grained medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, medium intensity, with flavours of blackberry, blackcurrant, a little wood, liquorice. A medium (+) length with a black berried finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, acidity and tannins give a sound backbone, flavour intensity is a little thin, showing some complexity with a tertiary chocolatey dimension, reasonable concentration and a better length.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but should keep for 2-3 years.