Domaine Aubai Mema, Lunatico, IGP Pays du Gard, Languedoc, France, 2014
The IGP Pays du Gard appellation was created in 2009. It extends from the Mediterranean to the Massif central in the north, from the Rhone in the east to the Aveyron department in the west.
This wine: organic, varietal grenache noir, minimal intervention, natural yeasts, fermentation in stainless steel, barrel aged in new and used French oak, coated natural cork closure, 14% abv, Jaded Palates, £22 (04/17)
Consumer tasting note: a pale ruby wine, with a strong nose of red fruits edged with toast, spice and red liquorice; medium bodied, on the mid-palate red currant jelly, red cherry and sweet red liquorice. A medium-long length. Decant for 20 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of red liquorice, toast and spice, ripe raspberry, dried cranberry, ripe red cherry, touch of vanilla, a fresh floral edge of peony, creamy in a lactic sense macerated red berries, red currant jelly, bees-wax.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a sense of sweetness in mid-palate, with flavours of red currant jelly, macerated red cherry, spice and red liquorice. A medium (+) length with a clean red liquorice-macerated red berry finish.
Quality: very good, balanced acidity and tannins suit the high(ish) alcohol, flavour intensity, and decent concentration; medium bodied, showing some complexity from time in wood and bottle, with a tertiary edge of dried and macerated berries; follows into a decent length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for further ageing over say 2-3 years – a sound structure, with complexity that should evolve in an interesting way.