Schloss Vaux, Brut, Cuvee Vaux, Deutscher Sekt, Rheinhessen/Pfalz, Germany, 2012
Note that this wine is a pan-regional blend and so labelled Deutscher Sekt, rather than a wine from a single region which would be Deutscher Sekt b.a.
This wine: a cross-regional blend of pinot blanc, pinot noir and riesling, bottle fermented, aged 26 months sur lie, natural mushroom cork closure, 12% abv, Ann et Vin, £16 (12/16)
Consumer tasting note: a nose opening with hints of warm dough edged with leaf tea, then citrus, stewed and baked apple, with nuances of honey and apricot; medium bodied with a palate of stewed and baked apple, leaf tea and low-key croissant, with a touch of unripe stone fruit. A medium-long length.
[A second bottle some two weeks later, perhaps not of the same lot, did not show any autolytic character at all, I will comment on future bottlings].
WSET style tastig note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears and small bubbles.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of a little warm dough, morphing into leaf tea, then waxy lemon pith and stewed apple, followed by apple turnover, with a lightly honeyed edge, a little spicy, a touch of apricot skin.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture with a very low-key grip, with flavours of stewed and baked apples, delicate leaf tea, hints of brioche and cold croissant, touch of unripe apricot and a hint of riper fruit. A creamy mousse, with a long persistence, on a medium (+) length, with a low-key grip.
Quality: good, nicely balanced fresh(ish) acidity and alcohol, decent intensity and flavour concentration following a decent length, showing some complexity from time on the lees and hints of development in bottle with a honeyed nuance. Follows in a decent length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – the structure is sound, all indicators at the ‘decent’ level, will keep for a year.