Mas d’Escattes, Heritage, AOC Languedoc-Sommieres, Gard, Languedoc, France, 2013
This wine: lot No. L15.238, organic, a blend of 60% syrah with grenache noir, natural indigenous yeast, aged in 600l demi-muid, natural cork closure, 14% abv, Des Cévennes à la Camargue, €11.50 (03/17)
Consumer tasting note: a different lot number to the two wines previously tasted, the earliest of which was in a dumb phase, the second tasted more recently, showed improved drinking, but remained with marked drying tannins. This wine shows rich aromas of blackcurrant juice, black berry and cherry, with hints of toast, raw fatty steak and spice; on the other hand the flavour is monotone blackcurrant juice, but again with marked drying tannins. It is drinkable, suiting some heavyweight meaty or game stew. Finishes medium. Drink now –
RTD, but will keep – Wait.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears [a very small quantity of soft sediment].
Nose: clean, medium intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of rich blackcurrant juice, a toasty-meaty-beeswax note, black berry, black cherry, fatty steak, a hint of spice, the merest hint of leather.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, high drying tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, with a monotone flavour of black currant juice. A medium black currant infused length, with marked drying tannins on the finish.
Quality: acceptable – possibly in a dumb phase, possibly some bacterial infection, the note of leather on the nose could be suggestive of brett, and/or bottle age; of mediocre intensity on the nose, better on the palate, and whilst showing some complexity on the nose from oak and bottle age, the mid-palate, whilst pleasantly blackcurrant infused, is monotone with drying tannins.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – one could try further cellaring to see if it is in a dumb phase, but the drying tannins, accentuated by the acidity do not support this.