Chateau Senejac, AOC Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, Gironde, France, 2011
This wine: (former) cru bourgeois quality, a blend dominated by cabernet sauvignon, with merlot and cabernet franc; aged in 25% new oak barrique over 18 months; natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, BBR, £12 (01/14)
Consumer tasting note: in a modern style, with a nose of ripe black fruits floating on creamy gorse flower (delicate coconut-like) – a note which diminishes shortly, following into dried red berries and cedar, a little smoky, with edges of leaf humus, tobacco and liquorice; full-bodied, with smooth tannins, and a palate of black berries, particularly black cherry, cedar, sweet tobacco and black liquorice. A medium-long length. Decant for 30-60 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears, no sediment.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of ripe black fruits – black cherry, black berry, blackcurrant, vanilla, creamy gorse flower (delicate coconut-like), cedar, touch of smoke, dried red berries – cranberry and cherry, edged with warm leaf humus and sweet tobacco, fruity beeswax, black liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, ripe fine-grained medium (+) tannins, medium (+) alcohol, full body, medium (+) intensity, smooth texture, with flavours of black berry, black cherry, black currant, cedar, black cherry boiled sweets, sweet tobacco, black liquorice, dark chocolate after some time. A medium (+) length, with a clean black berried finish edged with cedar.
Quality: very good, balanced acidity and ripe tannins with alcohol, suiting the flavour intensity; decent flavour intensity and flavour concentration, showing moderate complexity from time in wood and bottle, with some tertiary development with notes of dried berry, humus and tobacco showing, follows into a medium-long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 2-4 years.