Domaine Montesquiou, AOC Jurancon-Vendanges Tardives, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Nouvelle Aquitaine, France, 2011
This wine: lot No. n/a, varietal petit manseng, aged in oak barrels over 18 months, Diam 5 agglomerate cork closure, 13% abv, Leon Stolarski, £27.50 (11/18)
Consumer tasting note: a late harvest wine of varietal petit manseng from Jurancon, every dimension of which is at a high level. Sweet, with a strong personality of rich stone and tropical fruits, and frills of warm honey, nuts, dried fruits and berries. The palate is smooth and oily, with balancing high acidity completely cleansing the palate, on swallowing. The finish is very long .
Drink now – RTD, but will keep – Wait. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of rich orange marmalade with an edge of VA, a spicy edge, very ripe warm pineapple, concentrated baked yellow peach, a low-key sweet oak with an edge of smokiness, a suggestion of toast, baked apple, dried mango, a developing hint of warm honey, a nutty dimension, old polished wood, raisin and dried currant.
Palate: sweet, high acidity, medium (+) alcohol, full body, pronounced intensity, a smooth oily texture with a low-key grip, from exposure to not new large format oak, highly concentrated, with flavours of rich orange marmalade edged with a hint of VA, dried mango, papaya, honeyed. A very long (40s) length, with a clean rich marmalade-tropical fruit finish, with a very low-key grip.
Quality: outstanding, perfectly balanced high acidity with residual sugar, leaving a perfectly cleansed palate on spitting; a strong intensity throughout with similar concentration. Showing strong complexity, with evidence of time in not new oak, and in bottle, well into tertiary territory, with notes of nuts and old polished wood, and a low key honeyed note, the latter may suggest an element of botrytis affected grapes – or it could be simply bottle age. Finishes very long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for further ageing, of say 5-10 years – all facets of this wine are at high levels, there is an emerging tertiary nutty, honeyed, dried fruit dimension, which should broaden and deepen given more slow maturation time in cellar.