Mestre Pere et Fils, AOC Maranges, Burgundy, France, 2013
This wine: varietal pinot noir, hand harvested, matured in oak, agglomerate Diam 5 cork closure, 13% abv, ex-producer €12.50 (2015)
Consumer tasting note: mature pinot noir, quite delicate, with a red berry nose – ripe, stewed berries and jams, edged with spice and sweet oak, along with touches of toast and red liquorice; medium bodied, fresh with smooth tannins, with a palate of delicate dried and macerated red berries, following into 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 toasty edged ripe red berries, low-key sweet oak, stewed red currant, warm leaf humus, touch of spice, bees-wax, peony, tea rose, red cherry jam, suggestion of sweet tobacco, dried cranberry, red liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium intensity, a smooth texture with a sense of sweet fruit in mid-palate (aka sucrosity), with flavours of macerated red cherry, stewed red currant, warm cranberry juice, low-key sweet oak, dried cranberry. A medium (+) length, with a clean ripe red berry finish.
Quality: good, nicely balanced fresh acidity with ripe moderate tannins; modest intensity throughout, showing decent complexity from time in well-integrated oak and bottle age, with a tertiary edge of stewed berries and jams along with an edge of tobacco, modest concentration following into a decent length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for a year or two.