Vignerons du Sommierois (co-op), Viognier, IGP Pays D’Oc, Languedoc, France, 2016
This wine: varietal viognier, 2+1 tchnical cork, 14% abv, ex-producer, €6 (02/17).
Consumer tasting note: rich ripe apricot dominates the nose, with pear and pineapple skin; full-bodied with a smooth texture and perfectly suited acidity, with more ripe apricot, mandarin and gorse flower (delicate coconut-like); follows into decent length. Decant for 20 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of rich ripe apricot, yellow peach, edge of gorse flower (delicate coconut-like), pineapple skin, hints of almond oil and pear, merest hint of struck match; pear drop developed the next day (evacuated and refrigerated overnight).
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium (+) alcohol, full body, a velvety lightly oily texture and a perceptible grip, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of ripe apricot, hints of mandarin segments and lychee, gorse flower, almond oil. A medium length with a clean tinned apricot and mandarin finish with a very light grip.
Quality: good, well-balanced acidity with alcohol; has seen extended skin maceration at low temperature – witnessed by the grip, showing simple complexity, but with good intensity and flavour concentration, following into a modest length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to ageing, but will keep for a year – a sound structure, lacks indicative length.