Mestre Pere et Fils, AOC PC Santenay, Burgundy, France, 2012
Santenay is the southernmost outpost of the Cote de Beaune, at the border with the Cote Challonaise. There are no grand crus in the appellation, but 12 premier crus and 34 lieu-dits to which Sous La Roche belongs. The majority of production is red, whites are rarer and related to neighbouring Chassagne-Montrachet, bordering to the north. The soils are limestone high up, and from mid-slope to lower down, limestone/marl. Exposure is east through south.
This wine: varietal pinot noir, natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, ex producer, €19.30 (08/15)
Consumer tasting note: a bright nose of red berries edged with toast and spice; medium bodied with fine tannins and supporting acidity, with a palate of red currant jelly, raspberry and dried cherry, along with undertones of toast and oak. A medium-long length. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity garnet, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of stewed red currant, cranberry, spice and toast, an edge of oak, dried rose buds, gorse flower (delicate coconut-like), red liquorice, red currant jelly, a touch of smoke.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe fine-grained medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, a smooth texture, with flavours of red currant jelly, ripe raspberry, dried red cherry, toasty and oaky undertones. A medium (+) length with a clean red berried finish and a lightweight grip.
Quality: good, a sound balance of acidity and ripe tannins with alcohol, all in keeping with flavour intensity and concentration; showing some complexity on the nose, with evidence of time in oak and bottle, with a tertiary dimension emerging of stewed and dried red berries, simpler in mid-palate, decent concentration, following into a decent length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – a sound structure, developing, but lacking concentration and indicative length somewhat.