Peirre Amadieu, Domaine Grand Romane, AOC/AOP Gigondas, Vaucluse, France, 2013
This wine: from 50 y.o. plantings at 400m altitude, a GSM (cinsault is also permitted) blend, aged in oak barrels, 30% new, and in foudre, for 18 months, bottled unfiltered, natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, Weavers, £23 (2016)
Consumer tasting note: a mouth full of creamy black berries, spice, quite toasty from exposure to new oak, liquoricey; quite alcoholic with a medium-full body, ripe moderate tannins with fresh acidity, the balance will improve with a little time as the tannins soften (further), a long rich length.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of sweet vanilla, creamy black berry, black cherry, toast, liquorice, spicy, touch of blackcurrant, sweet tobacco, stewed red berries.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium (+) tannins, high alcohol with a medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a velvety texture and a sensation of sweet ripe berries, with flavours of ripe red plum, creamy black cherry, black berry, toast, spice and liquorice. A long length with a clean sweet black berry and liquorice moderately grippy finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, tannins though not excessive need a year or so come into perfect balance, otherwise showing a good level of sweet ripe concentrated fruit augmented by time in new oak with toast and spicy notes adding to the aroma palette, which promises increased complexity to come, following into a good long length.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: can drink now, will improve with further cellaring over say 2-5 years.