Domaine J Laurens, Les Graimenous, Tete de Cuvee Brut, AOC Cremant de Limoux, Aude, Occitanie, France, 2017
This wine: lot No. L191003 (on back label), a chardonnay dominated blend with chenin blanc (together max 90%), mauzac (max 20%), and pinot noir (max 10%); second fermentation in bottle; agglomerate mushroom cork closure, 12% abv, Adrian Mould, €10.60 (07/19)
Consumer tasting note: a mature chardonnay dominated cremant, with quite strong notes of the bakery, green apple, delicate leaf tea, and touches of lemon peel and ginger; medium bodied with a palate of stewed and lightly bruised apple, Danish pastry and a hint of spent coffee grounds. Finishes medium-long.
Drink now – RTD, and will keep for 2-4 years, but not improve – Wait. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears and small bubbles [no deposit].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of brioche, bread dough, cut green apple, leaf tea, the merest hint of ginger, a hint of dried lemon peel, stewed apple, zingy lemon zest.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a low key grip, with flavours of stewed apple, brioche, a hint of coffee grounds, Danish pastry, a touch of bruised apple. A medium (+) length with a clean finish of apple-baked pastry, with a noticeable grip; a creamy mousse with a medium persistence.
Quality: good, with well, rather than perfectly balanced acidity with alcohol, otherwise harmonious with the sound intensity and similar concentration; fully developed with a better than moderate complexity, showing evidence of tertiary development with the ground coffee note, and a touch of oxidation suggested by the note of bruised apple; finishes medium-long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 2-4 years – a sound structure, fully developed, with an edge of oxidation just showing, and lacking a touch all round to suggest keeping for longer.