La Gemière, Rosé, AOC/AOP Sancerre, Cher, France, 2009
This wine: varietal pinot noir, 2+1 technical cork, 12.5% abv, Vintage Wines Nottingham, £16.50 (2016)
Consumer tasting note: a bright nose of red apple and red fruits, along with none too rich stone fruit and some dried orange peel; medium bodied with flavours of red currant jelly, cranberry and dried citrus, with a hint of almond oil nuttiness. Finishes medium-full.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity orange, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of red dessert apple, stewed raspberry, red currant jelly, touches of white nectarine and apricot, a spicy edge, a low-key nutty note, touch of dried orange peel, stewed rhubarb.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a very low-key grip from time gaining colour on the skins, with flavours of red currant jelly, touch of red cherry, cranberry, touch of dried citrus, a little almond oil-like nuttiness, touch of dried herbs. A medium (+) length, with a slight bitterness on the red curranted end.
Quality: a very good quality wine, fresh acidity in keeping with the flavour profile of fresh bright, and some stewed red fruits, and a vegetable strictly speaking – rhubarb; alcohol is harmonious. Showing some complexity from bottle age, with tertiary dried and stewed notes, decent concentration, leading into a medium-long length.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for a year or two. It has a sound structure, is pretty well-developed, is slightly lacking overall, with I think, some dried citrus hints reminiscent of a white port.