Chateau D’Antugnac, Terres Amoureuses, Haute Vallee, AOC/AOP Limoux, Aude, Languedoc, France, 2013
This wine: plantings at 400m altitude south-facing on limestone; a blend of 85% chardonnay with the local mauzac, natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, BBR, £13 (2015)
Consumer tasting note: a strong complex nose of fading honeysuckle blossom, over-ripe stone fruit and stewed apples tinged with oak and vanilla, warm honey, then bees wax and anise; full-bodied with a velvety texture, with lifting acidity on a palate of over-ripe stone fruit and pineapple with vanilla-oaky undertones, finishing medium-long. Decant for an hour.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of fading honeysuckle tinged with vanilla, stewed russet apples, cidery hint, over-ripe apricot and over-ripe peach, touch of spice, creamed stewed apple, pineapple edged with bees wax, anise, sweet oak in the background, liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) intensity, medium (+) alcohol, full body, a smooth velvety almost oily texture and a low-key grip, with flavours of over-ripe apricot and peach, pineapple, warm honey, stewed dessert apple, subtle vanilla and oak – more so after spitting. A medium (+) length, with a stewed and over-ripe stone fruit finish with a slight bitterness on the end.
Quality: very good, balanced fresh acidity with alcohol, harmonious with flavour intensity; full-bodied, a creamy nuance from MLF and evidence of deft oak usage reflected in the texture and sweet woody notes. Better than decent concentration of flavour, strong complexity on the nose less so on the palate, showing tertiary stewed notes. Length a little disappointing given the intensity on the nose.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, has potential for ageing over say 2-3 years – a sound structure, with indicative concentration and length, with strong complexity on the nose, suggests the profile may go further, with perhaps dried fruit and nutty notes developing.