Domaine Michel Voarick, AOC Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France, 2012
This wine: varietal pinot noir, natural cork closure, 13% abv, Demoiselles de Ladoix (small hotel with cellar), at Ladoix, €19 (06/15)
Consumer tasting note: a modest quite restrained pinot noir, showing some complexity and evolution with a savoury edge, along with delicate notes of red currant, fragrant red cherry jam, sweet tobacco and liquorice; just medium bodied with fine low-key tannins and supporting acidity, follows into a slightly disappointing length. Decant for an hour.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of ripe red currant edged with drying stones, fresh pomegranate seeds, low-key toast, a little smoky, touch of pine, touch of gunpowder (like spent shotgun cartridges used to smell), touch of tea rose, stewed raspberry, a little savoury, warm bees-wax, whiffs of sweet tobacco and black liquorice, touch of red cherry juice.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium alcohol, medium (-) body, medium intensity, with flavours of red cherry jam, red currant jam, raspberry, cranberry juice, savoury, dried herbs. A medium length with a clean savoury red-berried finish, with a slight bitterness on the end.
Quality: good, well-balanced acidity and ripe tannins with alcohol, modest intensity, showing moderate to high complexity on the nose, much less so in mid-palate, with a tertiary edge with subtle stewed, tobacco and savoury notes, but modest concentration, and a similar length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing.