Chapel Down, Blanc de Noirs, Wine of England, Kent, England, 2009
This wine: lot no. L7177, varietal pinot noir (then strictly speaking, it should be blanc de noir), 4.5 years on the lees, Diam Diamant technical agglomerate cork closure, 12% abv, £25, ex-producer (11/17)
Consumer tasting note: a golden hue, with aromas of stewed apple, red berries, notes of the bakery, powdered ginger and raisin; medium bodied, with flavours of baked apple, Danish pastry, apple puree, and raisin with an edge of confectionery. Finishes long. The sensory profile develops over an hour.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears and fine bubbles.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of warm stewed apple, raspberry, stewed strawberry, brioche, warm toast, beeswax, a fatty note as in fat on raw steak, apple puree, hints of powdered ginger and hay, a slightly confected note of raisin.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, a low-key grip, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of baked apple, beeswax, hint of Danish pastry, touch of croissant, apple puree, raisin. A long length with a clean baked apple orientated finish, with a very low-key grip. A creamy mousse, with a long persistence.
Quality: very good, perfectly balanced fresh(ish) acidity with alcohol, harmonious with overall intensity of flavour; showing a moderate to high level of complexity, and good concentration; there is an element of exposure to oak, witnessed by the low-key grip, with a tertiary dimension of cooked apple and strawberry, ginger and raisin; finishes long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further aging ie it will not develop further, but will keep for 2-4 years – a sound structure, decent intensity and similar concentration, with better, but not outstanding complexity, and a sound length.