Domaine Pietri-Geraud, L’Ecume, AOC Collioure, Pyrénées Orientales, Occitanie, France, 2012
This wine: a blend of 85% grenache blanc and grenache gris, with 15% vermentino; natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, Leon Stolarski, bin end, ~£12 (05/17).
Consumer tasting note: a honeyed dried stone and citrus nose, a little nutty, with a touch of warm hay; medium bodied, with a palate of dried apple and pear, honeyed with a nutty edge. Finishes long. Decant for 20 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas of honeyed dried stone and citrus fruit, a generic nuttiness between almond and hazelnut, touches of quince and warm hay, beeswax.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a low-key grip, with flavours of dried pear, dried apple, warm honey, warm hay, a nutty edge. A long length with a clean honeyed dried stone fruit, edged with dried citrus peel finish.
Quality: good, a well-developed wine with a good balance of acidity with alcohol, harmonious; decent intensity and concentration, showing some complexity from time in old wood and bottle, with a noticeable grip and honey and dried fruit notes respectively, follows into a good long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – well-developed now with nowhere to go, but will keep for a year.