Vignerons de Sommierois (Co-op), Bois de Carelle, AOP Languedoc, France, 2012
AOP Languedoc was established in 2007, representing the basement of a 3 layer pyramid for quality wine in the region; above this sits Grand Vins du Languedoc, with the Crus du Languedoc at the peak.
This wine: a blend of 80% syrah with grenache, a lengthy (assumedly pre-fermentation) maceration, with 12 months ageing in French oak, natural cork closure, 14% abv, €10 ex producer (08/16)
Consumer tasting note: a nose of black berries, spice and liquorice, edged with toast, kirsch and sweet oak; full-bodied, ripe but firm tannins, with black berries, liquorice and low-key spicy oak. Decant for an hour.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of a whiff of raw steak, then black berry, creamy black cherry, over-ripe red cherry, touch of kirsch, black currant, touch of sweet oak, spicy edge, black liquorice, a little toast, touches of lifting rich florality and dried fig.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, ripe medium (+) tannins, high alcohol, full-bodied, medium intensity, with flavours of black cherry, black berry, a little black currant, liquorice, spicy edge, touch of sweet oak. A medium (+) length with a clean black berried moderately grippy finish.
Quality: good, a sound structure of acidity with ripe tannins – which could do with a year perhaps to round out a little more, still, quite well-balanced with the warming alcohol, with decent flavour intensity and concentration, showing some complexity from time in deftly applied wood, and bottle, leading to a medium-long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 2-3 years – the tannins might round out a little more with 1-2 years further in cellar, and there is complexity, but concentration and indicative length suggest little improvement with time.