Domaine Pietri-Geraud, L’Ecume, Collioure Blanc, AOC Collioure, Pyrenees-Orientales, Occitanie, France, 2012
Main approved varieties for this appellation are, for reds – grenache noir, mourvedre and syrah; for rose – grenache gris; for whites – grenache blanc, grenache gris, roussanne and marsanne.
This wine: a blend of grenache blanc, grenache gris and vermentino; natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, Leon Stolarski, £13.50 bin end, was £15.95 (05/17)
Consumer tasting note: a strong honeyed nose, with white peach, lightly caramelised stewed dessert apple and nutty hints; medium-full bodied, a honeyed palate with dried stone fruit, almond oil and warm hay. Finishes medium-long. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of honey, bees-wax, honeysuckle, ripe white peach, stewed dessert apple with caramelised edges, honeyed nuts, almond oil, and after some time a touch of anise and a hint of warm toast.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a velvety texture with a very low-key grip, with flavours of honey, honeysuckle, dried stone fruit, warm hay, almond oil. A medium (+) length with a clean honeyed dried stone fruit finish, with a slight bitterness on the end.
Quality: very good, nicely balanced acidity with alcohol, altogether harmonious; decent intensity throughout slightly lesser concentration, still, better than moderate concentration on this fully developed example, with a predominantly tertiary profile, from time in wood and bottle, moderately complex, with evidence of exposure to oak with a slight grip and toasty hints, finishing medium-long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – fully developed, with a sound structure, drink up within the year.