Vignobles Gunther-Chereau, Chateau du Coing, Perles Fines de Coing, Methode Traditionelle, Vin Mousseux de Qualite, Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire, France, NV
This wine: lot No. L12094 (on back label), varietal melon de bourgogne aka muscadet, lees aged for ~18 months, Sibel mushroom natural cork closure, stained for 30% of length (quite hardened and so with some age, perhaps 5 or 6 years), with tartrate crystals adhering, 12% abv, Gauntleys, £17.20 (12/19)
Consumer tasting note: a creamy sparkling muscadet, quite understated on the nose, with a profile of yellow citrus and a hint of green apple, better in the medium-bodied mid-palate, with notes of citrus, croissant and baked apple. Finishes medium.
Drink now – RTD, and will keep for 1-2 years – Wait. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity lemon, showing tears and small bubbles [no sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (-) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of lemon pith, meat fat, lemon zest, a faint hint of green apple, and with vigorous swirling an indistinct floral whiff.
Palate: off-dry (just), medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium (-) body, medium (+) intensity, a light grip, with flavours of lemon pith, hint of croissant, hint of baked apple, slightly confected on the end. A creamy mousse with a long persistence. A medium length, quite soft in the mouth belying the fresh acidity, with a clean lemony-citrus finish, with the slightest bitterness on the end.
Quality: good, well balanced fresh(ish) acidity with the touch of residual sugar, harmonious, quite soft in mid-palate; a quite reserved intensity on the nose, opening up on the palate with a middling concentration, showing a moderate complexity, with a little bottle age showing through, witnessed by the fatty note; finishes medium.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for a year or two – a sound acid backbone and structure, fully developed and showing some post-disgorgement bottle age, but without the qualities to suggest improvement with further cellar time.