Domaine Thunevin-Calvet, Hugo, AOC/AOP Cotes de Roussillon Villages, Maury, Pyrenees-Orientales, France, 2006
This wine: a grenache dominted blend with 30% each of carignan and syrah, natural cork closure, 15% abv, Gauntleys, bin end, £26.77 (was £38.24) (11/16)
Consumer tasting note: a strong ripe nose of black cherry and black berry, with warm black liquorice, black cherry liqueur and sweet oak, quite toasty and spicy after ten minutes or so; full-bodied, with firm ripe slightly drying tannins, with a palate of ripe black berries, boiled sweets, liquorice and sweet oak. A long length with a ripe black berried slightly waxy finish. Would suit strongly flavoured red meat and game dishes. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of a lifted note of dark berries laced with black liquorice and whiffs of toast, cinnamon, black cherry liqueur, spice and sweet oak, stewed black cherries, a lighter note of ripe black berry, melted bees wax, tar, rich warm leaf humus.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium (+) slightly drying tannins, high alcohol, a full body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture with a sense of sweetness in mid-palate, with flavours of ripe black cherry, black boiled sweets, wet prune, black liquorice, sweet oak, dried dark berries. A long length with a clean stewed black cherry-waxy finish and a moderate grip.
Quality: very good, a sound balance of acidity and tannins with alcohol, though the tannins are slightly drying; a strong developed nose with notes from well integrated oak and bottle age, showing a tertiary dimension with notes of tar, prune and leaf humus; moderate complexity with better concentration, following into a long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 2-3 years – a sound structure, well-developed and the tannins are a little astringent.