Leon Perdigal (negociant-eleveur), Les Courlandes, AOC Chateauneuf-du-Papes, Vaucluse, Southern Rhone, PACA, France, 2015
This wine: a blend of grenache noir, syrah, mourvedre and cinsault; natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, widely available, ~£15 (05/17)
Consumer tasting note: a strong nose of black cherry with toasty oak, spice, blackcurrant, kirsch, stewed red plum, bees-wax and liquorice; medium-full bodied, with a full-flavoured palate of stewed red cherry, black cherry, dried herbs and a whiff of toast and oak. Finishes medium-long. Decant for 30-45 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of black cherry edged with toast and a rich lactic note, spicy, glimpse of black currant, cinnamon, dried red cherry, touch of kirsch, dried red pepper, stewed red plum, dried currants, bees-wax, black liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium (+) tannins, high alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a sense of sweetness in mid-palate, with flavours of stewed red cherry, ripe black cherry, touch of black currant, ripe red plum, stewed red berries, dried herbs, black liquorice, touches of toast and oak. A medium (+) length with a clean waxy ripe red-berried finish edged with a touch of black berry and a moderate grip.
Quality: good, a fine balance of fresh acidity and ripe marked tannins with warming alcohol, harmonious overall; decent intensity throughout, lesser concentration, showing a good level of complexity from exposure to oak and bottle age. Finishes medium-long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for ageing over say a couple of years, 3 at most – intensity, concentration and length are not optimum, but there is a fine structure and room for positive development.