Chereau Carre, AOC Muscadet Sevre et Maine, Loire, France, 2006
Another bin end with extended age from Vintage Wines (see the 30 year old Sancerre), this being an 11 year old Muscadet, not sur lie, with a normal lifespan of 2-5 years.
This wine: varietal melon de Bourgogne, 2+1 technical cork, 12.5% abv, 37.5 cl, Vintage Wines, £2.50 bin end (07/17)
Consumer tasting note: a reserved nose of stewed cooking apple, hay, honey and baked grapefruit; medium-full bodied with a velvety texture, a palate of stewed cooking apple with a nutty dimension, nuances of hay and honey, and after a good hour pineapple skin emerges. Finishes medium. Decant for 45 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of a spicy edge, stewed cooking apple, hints of hay and thin honey, hint of warmer richer fruit like apricot skin, hint of baked grapefruit, hint of bees-wax.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a velvety texture and a slight grip, with flavours of hay and honey, stewed cooking apple, a little nutty. A medium length, with a clean slightly grippy finish of baked apple with a nutty edge, and a slight bitterness on the end.
Quality: good, well-balanced acidity with alcohol, modest intensity, with a bit more on the palate, with similar concentration; showing a slight grip from exposure to wood, and whilst not sur lie, the texture and nuttiness suggest that it has spent some time on the lees; showing some complexity, with a tertiary dimension of honey and hay from bottle age, but finishes only medium.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – showing a fully developed profile, and in any event lacks concentration and length.