Domaine de L’Escattes, Heritage, AOC Languedoc-Sommieres, Gard, Languedoc, France, 2013
This wine: organic, a blend of 60% syrah with grenache noir, natural indigenous yeast, aged in 600l demi-muid, natural cork closure, 14% abv, Des Cévennes à la Camargue, €11.50 (03/17)
Consumer tasting note: in a dumb phase right now, hold for a year or so and see what happens.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears and small bubbles.
Nose: faulty (dumb phase perhaps), medium intensity, with aromas as they come, of a meaty note, leather, horsey hints, a waxy-lactic nuance, then after some time black liquorice, black currant, toasty hint, touch of smoke.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) drying tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, with almost monotone flavours of black currant boiled sweets, a liquorice undertone. A medium length with a drying black berried finish.
Quality: faulty – probably in a dumb phase; opens with an initially muted, then after some time more intense, nose of meatiness, leather and a lesser horsey note suggesting brett – which is not unpleasant, these dissipate over 20 minutes, to reveal liquorice and oak-derived notes, small bubbles suggest a low sulphur producer retaining CO2 to protect the wine in infancy; the mid-palate is monotonic and the length medium.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: faulty, hold for a year or so and see what happens.