Les Vignes de l’Arque, Cuvee Amelie, IGP Pays d’Oc, Gard, France, 2014
This wine: a chardonnay dominated blend, with 15% roussanne and 5% sauvignon blanc; chardonnay and roussanne fermented then aged in oak for a few months, the sauvignon blanc then added to lift the acidity; 2+1 technical cork, 13.5% abv, Leon Stolarski, £9.85 (05/17)
Consumer tasting note: an alchemist’s blend of chardonnay, roussanne and sauvignon blanc, deftly exposed to oak, a good nose of stone with lesser tropical fruits, touches of toast, spice, roast green pepper, stewed apple and honey; medium-full bodied, with stone, tropical and citrus fruits, almond oil and honey. Finishes medium-long. Benefits from decanting for 20-30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of spice, yellow peach, pineapple, almond oil, stewed apple, bees-wax, merest hint of toast, touch of ripe grapefruit, hint of roast green pepper, whiff of lychee, baked apple, touch of honey.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a velvety texture with a very low-key grip, with flavours of yellow peach, apricot, touches of pineapple and ripe citrus, a little spicy, almond oil, touch of honey. A medium (+) length with a clean stone fruit finish edged with almond oil.
Quality: very good, perfectly balanced acidity with alcohol, deft use of oak which is well-integrated, adding to the better than moderate level of complexity, with tertiary roast, stewed and honeyed notes showing, strong intensity throughout with decent concentration, follows into a medium-long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for ageing over say 1-2 years – a sound structure, lots going on complexity-wise, consistently better than decent intensity, and a sound length.