Chateau Puy-Blanquet, St Emilion GC, Gironde, France, 2008
This wine: a wet and cool vintage, an indeterminate blend – probably merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon, natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, en France ~€8 (2014)
Consumer tasting note: a nose of black berries underpinned by liquorice, a spicy edge and smoke; high acidity which lightens the body to medium, with a palate of more black berries, black cherry, with oak and nuttiness underpinning, following into a medium length.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of black berry, black plum, dried currant, slight violet-like floral lift, smoke, touch of none too rich liquorice, black cherry, baked red plums, touch of spice.
Palate: dry, high acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium alcohol and a medium body, medium intensity (+), with flavours of black berry, black cherry, ripe red plum, hints of oak and nuttiness. Medium length, with a very clean lightly grippy ripe black fruited finish underpinned with liquorice.
Quality: good quality, mouth-watering acidity with modest tannins are quite well-balanced with alcohol, but perhaps the acidity detrimentally lightens the intensity and concentration of flavour; showing some complexity on the nose, with evidence of oak and bottle age, nevertheless of modest concentration and length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – the structure is not quite sound, with acidity sticking out, and all aging suitability attributes are modest. Will keep for a year or two but not improve.