Beatrice & Pascal Lambert, Domaine Lambert, Les Perruches, AOC Chinon, Indre et Loire, Centre Val de Loire, France, 2013
This wine: lot No. none, so a single bottling run; organic, varietal cabernet france; no added yeast, 12 months ageing in Troncais oak vats of 50-70hl, then 6-8 months in concrete vat, bottled unfiltered and unfined; coated natural cork closure, 12.5% abv, Gauntleys, £18.95 (12/19)
Consumer tasting note: Loire cabernet franc at its best, just 12.5%, a medium-bodied food wine with fine grained, yet present tannins, quite complex, with a profile of red cherry jam, redcurrant, black berry and cedar, with touches of signature green pepper, almond and dried fruit. A medium-long length.
Drink now – RTD, and will keep for up to 2 years – Wait. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears [a misting of very fine sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of slightly high toned red cherry jam, candle wax, spicy, a hint of tea rose, redcurrant jelly, squashed black berry, low key cedar, a touch of herbaceous green pepper, red plum juice, a nutty almond whiff, a whiff of steak fat.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe fine grained medium (+) tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium intensity, with flavours of black berry, cooked red currant, cranberry juice, a hint of nuttiness, a hint of sweet oak, a hint of wet prune. A medium (+) length, with a clean fresh finish of red berries edged with a touch of oak.
Quality: good, well balanced fresh acidity and fine grained tannins with alcohol; modest intensity in mid-palate, and concentration, are a little lacking, though a better than moderate complexity, with evidence of time in wood (cedar, oak, spice) and in bottle (cedar, meat fat, nuts, prune, wax); leading to a sound medium-long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for up to 2 years – a sound acid-tannin structure and balance, fully developed, with a pleasing balance of primary fruit, secondary and tertiary notes.