Moulin Gimie, Les Fossiles, IGP Pays d’Oc, Capestang, Herault, Occitanie, France, 2014
This wine: lot No. L06/07/11, a blend of syrah, merlot and mourvedre, coated natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, ex-producer, €11.50 (07/18)
Consumer tasting note: a deep ruby hue with aromas of blackcurrant and stewed red berries, quite spicy with notes of vanilla, cumin and menthol, along with a meaty element, dried herbs and black liquorice; full-bodied, with flavours of black berry and currant, woody hints and a savoury dimension, with just a touch of black liquorice. 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 hint of meatiness, blackcurrant, a touch of spice developing into a spice box of a hint of vanilla edged with cumin, hints of sweet oak, beeswax, stewed red berries, an herbaceous whiff when vigorously swirled, similarly a floral whiff, a touch of cedar, dried mint-like herbs, a suggestion of menthol, a whiff of toast, and after some time black liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium tannins, high alcohol, full body, medium (+) intensity, a sense of sweetness in mid-palate, with flavours of blackcurrant juice, fragrant black berry, a touch of cedar, savoury, beeswax. A medium length, with a clean black berried lightly savoury finish, and a slight bitterness on the end.
Quality: good, well-balanced acidity and tannins with the high, but well-integrated alcohol, in keeping with the sound intensity and slightly lesser concentration; quite well-developed with much better than moderate complexity, much less so on the palate, with evidence of deft use of oak and time in bottle, with lovely spice and just a touch of toast complementing the tertiary element of beeswax, dried herbs, meatiness and savoury nuances. A shame about the modest length, a bit more would have pushed this to very good.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for up to 2 years – a sound structure and balance, showing some tertiary development, but without the intensity, concentration and length to suggest improvement with further cellaring.