Plan Pegau, VSIG, France, NV
VSIG (Vins Sans Indication Geographique), is another term for Vin de France, or previously, table wine, the vintage year is not permitted on the label.
This wine: from clayey soils. The lateral thinking label suggests a multi-vintage blend of 2011, 12 and 13, from 19ha of Domaine-owned vines outside the Chateauneuf-du-pape appellation. Source materials were 30% each of grenache and syrah, 20% merlot, together with old vine carignan, mourvedre, cinsault, danlas, alicante and cabernet sauvignon. Manual harvest, sorting, no de-stemming, indigenous yeasts in a 10 day fermentation. Matured half and half in vat and old French barrique. Cross-vintage blending just prior to unfiltered bottling, between June and October 2014, technical 1+1 cork, 14% abv, £11.70, Gauntleys (2016).
Consumer tasting note: faulty.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: unclean, medium intensity, faulty, with aromas as they come, of woody red currant, with a horsey edge – this is brettanomyces (brett), traditionally caused by lack of hygiene during vinification, but with this producer, more likely let through by intentionally low sulphur additions.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, high drying bitter edged tannin, medium (-) alcohol, medium (-) body, medium (-) intensity, with flavours of woody red currant. A short length with a very drying monotone tannic finish – again indicative of brett.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: faulty.