Domaine Adèléandre, Léandre, Vin de France (Herault), France, 2013
This wine: biodynamic, a blend of 80% cinsault with carignan, aged in stainless steel, neither fined nor filtered, natural cork closure, 14% abv, Leon Stolarski Fine Wines, £18 (2016).
Consumer tasting note: opens with a strong gamey toasty nose, which after a little time lifts into decided toastiness with rich ripe black berries, spicy with some red cherry too; full-bodied, with lots of black berries notably black currant and black cherry, with cedary, oaky touches and a herbal edge. A long length. Benefits from 1-2 hours decanting.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears and sparse bubbles pricking the surface.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of meaty, bloody and gamey notes, toasty, then emerges slightly high-toned red cherry, cinnamon, roast rabbit and pheasant, ripe black cherry, leather.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe fine-grained medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol and a full body, a velvety texture, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of black currant tinged with a gamey edge, black cherry and over-ripe black berry, black boiled sweets particularly black currant, cedar, new oak, touch of smoke, thyme, créme de cassis. A long length with a clean ripe black fruited finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, with a good balance of acidity and ripe tannins with alcohol, and in keeping with flavour concentration. Quite well-developed and showing some complexity, with secondary toasty spicy notes and a whole range of tertiary meaty, gamey notes. Quite concentrated flavours lifted by the acidity, following into a fine long length.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: can drink now, quite well-developed but has the structure, concentration, and fruit, to suggest a little more development and improvement with further cellaring over 1-2 years, in any event will keep for another 5 years.