Domaine de La Marfée, Les Champs Murmures, AOC Languedoc-Saint Georges d’Orques, Herault, France, 2009
This wine: biodynamic, a blend of syrah with mourvedre, natural cork closure, 13.8% abv, Leon Stolarski, £21.95 (03/17)
Consumer tasting note: a rich developed wine, with a nose of toast, leather, dried vanilla pod, liquorice, wet prune, stewed red plum and dried orange peel; medium bodied, ripe significant but not overwhelming tannins make this a red meat casserole wine, with a palate of prune, liquorice, a touch gamey, over-ripe black cherry, leather and tobacco. A long length. Decant for 45 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears and a little sediment.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of toast, leather, warm wet prunes, black olive, sweet tarry black liquorice, stewed red plums, vanilla, warm leaf humus, spicy red plum jam, dried orange peel, touch waxy, slight blackcurrant.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium (+) tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of warm prune, leather, a touch gamey, over-ripe black cherry, black liquorice, tobacco, leaf humus, dried herbs. A long length with a clean savoury black cherried finish with a moderate yet ripe grip.
Quality: very good, fresh acidity and ripe tannins in keeping with the alcohol, all suiting the strong rich evolved flavour profile, a food wine; decent flavour intensity and concentration, showing a good but not high level of complexity, with a tertiary dimension of leaf humus, prune, tar and tobacco; follows into a long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for ageing – a sound structure, quite concentrated, with a long length and significant tertiary development already, there could be further development over say 1-3 years.