Les Vignerons du Sommierois (Co-op), Les Cistes, IGP Pays d’Oc, Gard, Occitanie, France, 2014
This wine: lot No. L84D310H27, organic, a syrah-grenache blend, traditional fermentation in stainless steel, 20 days maceration, 2+1 technical cork, 12.5% abv, ex-producer, ~€6 (12/18)
Consumer tasting note: a youthful pale-ruby Pay d’Oc, syrah and grenache noir, with aromas of red cherry, red berries, and defrosted strawberry; medium bodied, smooth ripe tannins, and a palate of red cherry and red berries. A medium-long length.
Drink now – RTD, and will keep for 2-3 years – Wait. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity ruby, showing tears [no sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of creamy (in a lactic sense) edged ripe red cherry, red plum, defrosted strawberry, slightly high-toned red currant jelly, a hint of wax.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, fine-grained medium tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of ripe red cherry, squashed red currant, cranberry juice. A medium (+) length with a clean red-fruited finish.
Quality: good, well-balanced acidity and ripe tannins with alcohol, suiting and harmonious with the better than average flavour intensity and similar concentration; showing some youthful complexity, has seen MLF, with some proportion having undergone carbonic maceration (the overt fruitiness); follows into a medium-long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to ageing, but will hold for 2-3 years – a sound structure, youthful and fruity, designed for consumption in the short term.