Boutinot, Les Coteaux Schisteux, Seguret AOP Cotes du Rhone Villages, Ardeche, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France 2015
This wine: lot No. L0F100775 (on bottle below front label), a grenache noir heavy blend with 20% syrah, 22 months maturation in unspecified age French oak 228l barrels and 600l demi-muids, coated natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, Vintage Wine, £16 (01/19).
Consumer tasting note: the pale(ish) hue and high(ish) alcohol suggest grenache noir, which this wine is mostly, with a splash of syrah. On the nose are ripe black berries balanced by touches of warm toast and vanilla from oaking, with savoury almond, dried herbs and old leather; medium-full bodied, with flavours of black cherry, kirsch, cedar and black liquorice. Finishes 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, medium intensity ruby, showing tears (no sediment).
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of a developing touch of toast, spice, black cherry jam, black liquorice, more fragrant black berry, beeswax, vanilla, ripe red cherry, a hint of almond, dried herbs, old leather, kirsch.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe fine-grained medium (+) tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of ripe black cherry, kirsch, a touch of old leather, cedar, touch of black liquorice. A long length with a clean finish of black fruits with just an edge of kirsch, and a savoury dimension.
Quality: very good, well balanced acidity with well integrated high(ish) warm climate alcohol, altogether harmonious with the decent intensity and similar concentration; the lighter hue suggests that grenache noir is a major component; showing a better than moderate developing complexity, with a evidence of time in well integrated oak (spice, toast, vanilla) and bottle (almond, cedar, old leather); finishes long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 2-4 years – well balanced, lots of stuffing, but pretty well developed, with a pleasing balance 0f ripe black fruits with the savoury dimension.