Domaine Thunevin-Calvet, Les Dentelles, AOC/AOP Cotes de Roussillon Villages, Maury, Pyrenees-Orientales, France, 2007
This wine: an indeterminate blend of grenache and carignan, natural cork closure, 15% abv, Gauntleys, bin end, £19.65 (was £28.07) (2016)
Consumer tasting note: a rich nose of toast-liquorice-blackcurrant, with oaky and low-key meaty notes; full-bodied with high alcohol deftly managed with balancing acidity and ripe tannins, so that it is not a feature; black boiled sweet and stewed black berries on the palate, edged with black olive tapenade and liquorice, with a medium-full length infused with black boiled sweets and liquoricey-oak. Decant for an hour, but starts to open up within 20 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears, throwing significant sediment, so unfiltered and unfined.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of slightly lifted stewed blackcurrant with a creamy edge, touch of black cherry, low-key toast, vanilla, sweet oak, warm liquorice, a little blood and raw steak, leaf humus, with a low-key floral lift.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium (+) tannins, high alcohol and a full body, medium (+) intensity, a velvety texture, with flavours of black currant boiled sweets, stewed black cherry, vanilla, black olive tapenade, warm liquorice, sweet oak, sweet tobacco. A medium (+) length, with a clean black berry boiled sweet underpinned by liquorice finish, and a modest grip.
Quality: very good, acidity and ripe tannins carry the alcohol well, which is well-integrated and not over-bearing, suiting the flavour intensity perfectly; decent flavour intensity and better concentration, a quite complex developing wine, with evidence of exposure to oak, and meaty and humus notes from bottle age, following into a decent but not outstanding length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further aging but will keep for 2-3 years – development is well advanced, and is probably at its peak, with some nice ripe/stewed black fruit notes edged with oaky and tertiary notes.