Domaine Moulin Gimie, Louis Grand, IGP Pays d’Oc, Capestang, Herault, Occitanie, France, 2014
This wine: lot No. L26/08/16 (on bottle below capsule), a syrah dominated blend, along with unknown proportions of grenache, mourvedre and cinsaut, coated natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, ex-producer, €19 (07/18)
Consumer tasting note: a deeply ruby hued syrah heavy blend, with rich aromas and flavours of ripe black cherry edged with blackcurrant, spice and vanilla, black and red plum, a touch savoury and cedary; full bodied, with high(ish) well-integrated alcohol, and deftly applied new oak. Finishes long.
Drink now – RTD and will keep for 2-3 years – Wait. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears [1/8 teaspoon of firm, but not crystalline sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of spice, a passing whiff of meatiness, vanilla, ripe black cherry, black olive, black plum jam, hint of blackcurrant, waxy, a hint of struck match, cedar, the merest hint of toast, spicy red plum jam.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, full body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of black cherry, black currant, dried currant, black olive, a touch savoury, hint of vanilla, and after some time, black liquorice. A long length, with a clean ripe black berried finish, with a touch of vanilla then black olive on the end.
Quality: very good, perfectly balanced fresh acidity and ripe moderate tannins with the high(ish) well integrated alcohol – a food wine, harmonious; a sound intensity throughout, with a little lesser concentration, showing a better than moderate developing complexity, with evidence of time in sensitively used new oak (cedar, spice, toast, vanilla), and bottle (cedar, meat, savoury, wax). The deep hue and spicy profile, along with notes of black berries and black olive, are suggestive of a syrah or a syrah dominated blend. Finishes soundly long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 2-3 years – a sound structure and balance, with good intensity and concentration, and a long finish. A pleasing balance of primary fruit, secondary spice and toast, with a tertiary developing edge, so RTD now, with a 2-3 year holding window, and no benefit to be had from further ageing.