Vignerons de Sommierois (Co-op), Bois de Carelle, AOP Languedoc, (whilst retaining its historical name, Languedoc, along with Roussillon and Midi-Pyrenees, has since 2016, been subsumed into the administrative region of Occitanie), Languedoc, France, 2012
AOP Languedoc was established in 2007, representing the basement of a 3 layer pyramid for quality wine in the region; above this sits Grand Vins du Languedoc, with the Crus du Languedoc at the peak.
Last tasted 30/12/16.
This wine: a blend of 80% syrah with grenache, a lengthy (assumedly pre-fermentation) maceration, with 12 months ageing in French oak, natural cork closure, 14% abv, €10 ex producer (08/16)
Consumer tasting note: opens with a strong meaty nose which diminishes with 45 minutes decanting, revealing liquoricey black cherry and spicy red berries; full-bodied, with a palate of black berry and black cherry boiled sweets, with hints of blackcurrant and underpinning sweet oak. Finishes medium-long. Decant for 45-60 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, opening with a strong note of warm raw steak, then emerges slighty tarry black liquorice, slightly high-toned yet creamy in a lactic sense black cherry, spicy, a toasty edge, sweet oak, waxy dark red glace cherry, stewed spicy red cherry.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, full body, medium intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of black berry and black berry boiled sweets, touch of blackcurrant which expands with a little time, a sweet oak underpinning, hints of leaf humus. A medium (+) length with a clean black fruited finish.
Quality: good, a sound balance of acidity and ripe tannins with alcohol; modest intensity and concentration in the mouth; a developing wine, showing some complexity with evidence of well-integrated exposure to wood, and bottle age, with a tertiary dimension of meaty, stewed and waxy notes; finishes medium-long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for a year or two – a sound structure, indicative length is alright, but contributory intensity and concentration are not there.