Domaine Edmond Rentz, Pinot Blanc, AOC Alsace, France, 2007
This wine: ostensibly varietal pinot blanc (but, see the preamble), coated natural cork closure, 13% abv, Vintage Wine bin end, £9 (09/17)
Consumer tasting note: a pale golden hue on this fully developed wine, with aromas of stewed and baked apple, with hints pineapple skin and anise; fresh, medium-full bodied, with a palate of stewed cooking apple edged with bees-wax and almond oil. Finishes medium-long. Decant for 30 minutes. Drink now.
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 bees-wax edged stewed cooking apple, anise, pineapple skin, hints of baked apple and dried stone fruit, stewed sweet dessert apple with a confected edge, and with a little time, a hint of honey.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium intensity, a smooth texture and a low-key grip, with flavours of stewed cooking apple edged with bees-wax, a touch of almond oil. A medium (+) length with a dried apple finish with nuances of anise and almond oil, and a low-key grip.
Quality: good, well-balanced acidity with alcohol, altogether harmonious; decent intensity and a little lesser concentration, showing a noticeable grip possibly from extended maceration on the skins, or a period in large format largely neutral oak, and some complexity, with evidence of tertiary evolution in bottle, with baked, dried and stewed fruit notes, along with bees-wax and almond. Finishes medium-long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further aging, but will keep for a year or two – a sound structure, balanced and fully developed, with nowhere to go, and in any event lacks intensity, concentration, length …