Domaine Les Aubuisieres, Le Plan de Jean, AOC Vouvray, Indre et Loire, Centre Val de Loire, France, 2002
This wine: varietal chenin blanc, natural cork closure, 12% abv, Gauntleys, £15.87 (2016)
Consumer tasting note: an intense nose of over-ripe quince and stone fruit, with warm hay, old varnish and tropical nuances; medium sweet with nicely balancing acidity, quite intense and concentrated flavours of warm honey, stewed stone fruit with a dried citrus lift. A long length with a palate cleansed finish. Decant for an hour or so.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity amber (yellow as opposed to red amber), showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of over-ripe quince, very over-ripe (verging on rotten) yellow peach, thick warm hay, old varnish, warm honey, rich dried stone fruit, a toasty edge, old polished wood, with something tropical like over-ripe guava in the background.
Palate: medium sweet, medium acidity, medium alcohol and a full body, a smooth almost oily texture with a very light grip, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of warm thick honey, hint of stewed pineapple, peach jam, over-ripe stone fruit, touch of dried orange peel. A long length with a clean over-ripe quince, warm honey and over-ripe stone fruit finish, with a low-key grip.
Quality: very good, deftly balanced acidity with sweetness, harmonious with the intense and well concentrated flavours, showing decent complexity from time in wood and bottle, with a tertiary stewed and dried fruit dimension. A long length with a nice acid-cleansed finish.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for ageing over say 2-4 years – to develop a nutty dimension. There is a sound structure with loads of concentration, and I feel nuttiness and full development are just around the corner. In any event it will keep for 2-4 years.