Chateau Serilhan, Cru Bourgeois, AOC/AOP St Estephe, Bordeaux, France, 2009
Last tasted 11/12/15.
This wine: natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, Waitrose Direct en primeur, about £15 delivered.
Consumer tasting note: a promising nose of black berries, liquorice, spice and tobacco; significant yet ripe tannins, with black fruits, spice and underpinning oak on the palate, which does not do justice to the nose, but with a just better than average length. Decant for 1-2 hours.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of toast, black plum, black berry, blackcurrant boiled sweets, a low-key herbaceous note, warm liquorice, touch of sweet tobacco, spice, red plum juice, edge of bees wax.
Palate: a dry wine, medium acidity, medium (+) tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, medium intensity, with flavours of blackcurrant boiled sweets, black cherry, black berry, sweet spice and a touch of sweet oak. Medium (+) length, with a clean blackcurrant finish and a moderate grip.
Quality: a good quality wine, tannins a little high, so a little out of balance with flavour intensity, which is of itself nothing special, showing modest concentration but some complexity from time in oak and bottle, with a tertiary dimension of bees wax and sweet tobacco, a modest length with a noticeable grip.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: ready to drink now, tannins may resolve over say 1-3 years, but flavour concentration and indicative length suggest there is little to be gained in further cellaring. So drink now, can hold for 1-3 years with no improvement ie unsuited to further ageing.