Chateau de Chambert, AOC Cahors, Lot, France, 2009
See my commentary on French vs Argentinian styles.
This wine: varietal malbec, natural cork closure, Delilah Fine Foods, £20 (07/16)
Consumer tasting note: a strong nose of toasty smoky black berries, spicy with a floral lift, with edges of blackcurrant with cedar and black liquorice; medium-full bodied, a quite concentrated palate of black berries underpinned by sweet oak, toast, cedar and black liquorice, becoming quite toasty, edged with black berries and black liquorice, panning into a medium-long length, and quite grippy. Decant for an hour or so.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears, no sediment.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of toasty slightly smoky black berry, a little cinnamon, a rich floral lift of peony with a touch of violets, red currant jelly, underpinning sweet oak, a little leaf humus edged with blackcurrant, cedar, touch of black liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, ripe top end medium (+) tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of ripe black berry, edge of black cherry, underpinning of sweet oak, savoury, touches of blackcurrant, cedar and black liquorice, a little toasty on the end, A medium (+) length with a quite grippy black berried-liquorice finish.
Quality: very good, tannins a little strident in the balance, giving a solid structure that can evolve, and become more balanced with say a year further cellaring; good intensity on the nose and showing some complexity from time in wood and bottle, with some tertiary edges showing of leaf humus and red berry jam; decent concentration following into a decent length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, has potential for ageing over say a year or two, which will allow the tannins to resolve a little – worth hanging onto for that – suggested by concentration and length.