Robert de Fourn, Carte Ivoire Brut, AOP Blanquette de Limoux, Aude, Occitanie, France, NV
This wine: lot No. L1011162, a blend of 90% mauzac with chardonnay and chenin blanc, agglomerate natural cork mushroom closure, 12.5% abv, Caves Notre Dame, €8.30 (09/19)
Consumer tasting note: an inexpensive and expressive mauzac heavy blanquette de limoux, off dry with fresh acidity, with a profile of dessert apple, stewed apple, honey and nectarine, with an aged edge of button mushroom. Finishes long.
Drink now – RTD, and will keep for 1-2 years – Wait. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity gold, small bubbles [no deposit].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of ripe dessert apple, nectarine, stewed apple, a hint of cut button mushroom.
Palate: off dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, the slightest of grips, with flavours of desert apple, honey, nectarine, a hint of cut button mushroom. A long length with a clean finish infused with ripe apple with an edge of honey; a creamy mousse with a medium persistence.
Quality: good, well balanced acidity with alcohol and residual sugar, harmonious; good intensity and a similar concentration leading to a long length; showing some complexity, with a little age, indicated by the honeyed and mushroom notes.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – balanced now, fully developed, and will keep for a year or two.