Domaine Carobelle, Gigondas, Cru des Cotes du Rhone, AOP Gigondas, Vaucluse, PACA, France, 2015
Cru des Cotes du Rhone refers to the currently 18 villages elevated to AOP status, which are:
- Beaumes des Venise
- Cairanne (2016)
- Saint Péray
- Vinsobres (2005)
This wine: organic, a blend of grenache and syrah, natural cork closure, 15% abv, Majestic Wine, £16 (2016)
Consumer tasting note: a young wine, with a good nose of red developing into black fruits, with supporting but not domineering oak, toast and spice; medium-full bodied, high alcohol countered by acidity and strident flavour concentration, of red and black berries, with frills of toast and spice, following into a long finish. Decant for an hour.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of ripe red cherry, red plum, a little peony florality, hint of creaminess, black berry, black currant jam, touch of spice, black cherry, sweet oak, toast, liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) ripe tannins, high alcohol, medium (+) body, pronounced intensity, with flavours of bright red berries, red plum juice, ripe red cherry, touch of oak, black berry, black cherry, toast, spice on the end. A long length with a persistent note of spicy ripe red cherry.
Quality: very good, a balanced synthesis of acidity and tannins with alcohol, in keeping with the strong and concentrated flavour. Showing some complexity with primary fruit and evident deft oak usage – well-integrated with discrete notes of sweet oak and toast, following into the expected long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for ageing – a sound structure, lots of fruit concentration and indicative length, suggest improvement over say 3-7 years.