Serge et Bruno Sourdais, AOC Chinon, Indre et Loire, Centre Val de Loire, France, 1993
The AOC Chinon region lies between the left bank of the Loire and towards the south encompassing both banks of the Vienne. Cabernet franc (aka breton) dominates, with up to 10% cabernet sauvignon permitted. The region’s red wine is reputedly characterised by fresh acidity and a notable aroma of violets
This wine: varietal cabernet franc, natural cork closure, unfiltered, 12.5% abv, Gauntleys, £23.35 (2015)
Consumer tasting note: an evolved nose of lightly toasty dried red berries, some cedar, leather, spicy red plum and tobacco, marking out a wine with considerable development under its belt; medium bodied with alcohol seemingly a touch higher than advertised, more red berries on the palate with cedariness again along with dried red cherry; a little drying on the medium-long length. Drink now, decant for an hour or two.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity garnet, showing tears and a moderate amount of sediment.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of slightly toasty dried red berries – red currant and cranberry with an underpinning of cedar, red currant jelly, a low-key floral lift of rose, leaf humus, dried rose bud, leather, a little spiciness, stewed spiced red plum, sweet tobacco.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium ripe tannins, medium (+) alcohol and a medium body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of red currant, cranberry, cedary dried red cherry, touch of mulberry, a little nuttiness. A medium (+) length, with a clean moderately grippy slightly drying red berried finish.
Quality: very good, acidity plus slightly drying tannins match the alcohol, altogether in keeping with flavour concentration; decent intensity and flavour concentration, showing complexity from time in wood and bottle, finishing with a slightly disappointing medium-long length, and a moderately grippy slightly drying finish.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for a year or two – a sound structure, pretty much fully developed.