Vignobles Andre Lurton, Chateau de Cruzeau, AOC Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, Nouvelle Aquitaine, France, 2015
This wine: lot No. L16-181-3 (on capsule), varietal sauvignon blanc, fermented and then ten months lees ageing in 35% new barrique, before bottling; Diam 10 coated agglomerate cork closure, 13.5% abv, Waitrose offer, £13.50 (£18) (11/19)
Consumer tasting note: a hot and dry vintage in Graves and Pessac-Leognan … initially a tropical nose, of sauvignon blanc signature passion fruit, fading and morphing to stone fruit with an orange citrus frill, with suggestions of a little age, with hints of honey and nuts; medium-full bodied and velvety, with a palate of stewed apple, a touch of passion fruit, and tinned mandarin segments. A medium-long length.
Drink now – RTD, and will improve over 2-3 years – Wait. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears [no deposit].
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of passion fruit, tinned apricot edged with a hint of tinned mandarin, apple puree, lemon pith, hints of honey and roasted nuttiness, green herbs.
Palate: dry, high acidity, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a velvety texture with a low key grip, with flavours of stewed desert apple edged with a touch of passion fruit, unripe apricot, touches of tinned mandarin and baked apple. A medium (+) length with a clean fresh finish of stewed apple, edged with unripe stone fruit and mandarin.
Quality: very good, well balanced fresh acidity with alcohol, harmonious; a strong intensity throughout with lesser concentration, showing better than moderate mainly youthful complexity, edged with hints of tertiary development by way of honey and roasted nuts; follows into a medium-long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for further ageing, over say 2-3 years – a sound structure and acid balance, plenty of intensity and concentration, and a decent complexity, showing hints of tertiary development, which should deepen if not broaden too.