Chateau Salitis, Cuvee Premium, AOP Cabardes, Languedoc (now Occitanie) France, 2012
This wine: lot No. none – I assume bottled in a single run, a blend of 50% Mediterranean varieties – syrah and grenache, and 50% from the Atlantic – merlot and cabernet sauvignon, coated natural cork closure, 14% abv, Adrian Mould, €7.60 (02/18).
Consumer tasting note: deep ruby, with a rich spicy nose of black pepper, vanilla and pine, black fruits dominate with black cherry and currant, and just a touch of ripe red plum, liquorice, low-key sweet oak and a touch of earthiness; medium-full bodied, with flavours of black cherry and lesser black currant, quite savoury with an undercurrent of sweet oak, and just a touch of sweet black liquorice on the end of the medium finish. Decant for 30-60 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears [a small quantity of granular sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of spice, black currant with a creamy lactic edge, ripe red plum, vanilla, hints of pine and black pepper, savoury, low key sweet oak, black cherry, a touch earthy, black liquorice. [on day 2 black liquorice becomes more significant, with whiffs of violets and toast].
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of black cherry, hint of black currant, touch of black pepper, black boiled sweets, savoury with an undercurrent of sweet oak, hint of dried vanilla pod, touch of black liquorice. A medium length with a clean, moderately grippy black fruit edged with black pepper infused finish, with a touch of black liquorice right on the end.
Quality: good, nicely balanced acidity and ripe tannins with alcohol, overall harmonious; decent intensity throughout, similar concentration, showing some complexity from time in wood and bottle, with a tertiary dimension of savoury and earth; finishes medium.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but should keep for a year, perhaps two – a sound structure, primary fruit is diminishing, and there is the feeling that the black pepper/oaky nuances may come to dominate, in any event there is but a modest length.