Chateau l’Argentier (Sommieres, Gard), (Rose), Vielles Vignes, Aramon, Vin de France, 2017
This wine: lot No. L18011, varietal aramon, fermented and then aged in concrete vat for 6 months, natural cork closure, 13% abv, ex-producer, €8.50 (02/18)
Consumer tasting note: perfectly pink hued, with aromas of red berries, a touch of citrus, and a herbal edge; fresh with a medium body, with flavours of red berries, red dessert apple, and again, a herbal edge. Finishes medium. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity pink, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of red currant, red cherry, a herbal nuance, a hint of ripe grapefruit, raspberry, a slight lactic edge and a hint of spice.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a velvety texture with a light grip, with flavours of red cherry, red currant, raspberry, warm dessert apple, a herbal edge. A medium length with a clean red fruited finish.
Quality: good, well-balanced acidity with alcohol, altogether harmonious; sound intensity throughout, slightly lesser concentration; showing some youthful complexity, with a decent length and a pleasant finish, with a low-key grip which adds interest – there is no suggestion of oak, and use of old oak would achieve nothing but oxidation, which would not be the aim of this fresh red fruited offering, so the grip is likely to be from a fairly thick skinned variety. Finishes medium.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to ageing, but will keep for a year, perhaps two – a sound structure, a modest length, with decent quality throughout, but designed for early consumption.