Domaine de Trepaloup, La Raiole, IGP Pays des Cevennes, Gard, Occitanie, 2017, France
This wine: lot No. none given, so a single bottling run; organic, a blend of syrah, mourvedre and carignan, vinified in steel vat with an element of carbonic maceration, then matured in steel vat, Diam 3 agglomerate cork closure, 14% abv, ex-producer ~€12 (12/19)
Consumer tasting note: a richly ruby hued and flavoured syrah dominated blend, from the Cevennes. Lots of dark berries aromas with hints of pine, black liquorice and earthy black olive; full-bodied with firm ripe tannins, and a palate of fragrant black berry, cherry and liquorice, with a slight bitterness on the end, ably countered by a creamy-lactic nuance. Finishes medium-long.
Drink now – RTD, and will keep for 2-3 years – Wait. Double decant and wait an hour.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears [a very small quantity of soft and semi-granular sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of a creamy-lactic frill, black currant fruit pastilles, hint of pine, hint of black cherry, fragrant back berry, developing hint of warm black liquorice, black olive, hint of candle wax.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium (+) tannins, medium (+) alcohol, full body, medium (+) intensity, a velvety texture with a sense of sweetness in mid-palate, with flavours of fragrant squashed black berry, black cherry, hints of black liquorice and cedar, a creamy-lactic edge. A medium (+) length, with a clean finish of black fruits edged with black olive and a subtle bitterness, countered on the end by a creamy-lactic frill.
Quality: good, well balanced fresh (ish) acidity and firm(ish) ripe tannins with alcohol, suiting the ripe flavour intensity and similar concentration; showing a better than moderate developing complexity, with evidence of MLF (creamy-lactic), no evidence of oak use, and time in bottle (black olive (similar to earthy), cedar, wax). Finishes medium-long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 2-3 years – a sound acid-tannin structure and balance, with a pleasing balance of primary fruit and derivatives eg black liquorice, with signs of tertiary development, that currently add complexity, rather than dominating; nevertheless without the qualities to suggest improvement with further cellaring.