Vignerons du Sommierois (C0-op), Fleur Sauvage, AOP Languedoc-Sommieres, Gard, France, 2013
This wine: lot no. L15202D318H32, organic, a blend of grenache noir and syrah, aged in old French oak for 20 months, coated natural cork closure, 15% abv, La Cave des Vignerons du Sommierois, €17.60 (02/17)
Consumer tasting note: a rich nose of black currant and black boiled sweets edged with lightly toasted spice, black olive tapenade and warm black liquorice; medium-full bodied, fresh with ripe tannins, with ripe black fruits and a touch of roasted nuts on the palate. Finishes medium. Decant for 30-45 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears, no sediment.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of a touch of struck match, a meaty-bloody nuance, lightly toasty, black currant, smoke, spicy, bees-wax, black olive tapenade, black boiled sweets, ripe black cherry, warm black liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium tannins, high alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of black cherry and black currant boiled sweets, touch of roasted nuts, a passing floral dimension, a frill of sweet oak. A medium length with a clean ripe black fruit boiled sweet finish.
Quality: very good, well-balanced fresh acidity and ripe tannins with high, but quite well-integrated alcohol, suiting the flavour palette, intensity and concentration; good intensity throughout with similar concentration, showing moderate complexity, with evidence of time in wood and bottle, with well-integrated oak showing just a frill of toasty spicy smoky notes, and bees-wax, boiled sweets and black olive, respectively. Finishes surprisingly short(ish) at just medium.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for further ageing, over say 2-3 years – a sound structure, good intensity and concentration, with evidence of tertiary development underway. Length is not ideal, but may develop a little more as time advances.