Les Arpents du Soleil, IGP Vin de Pays du Calvados-Grisy, Normandy, France, 2014
Normally, I believe, a label shows either Vin de Pays du … or IGP Pays du …. On this bottling the front label carries both terms, ie Vin de Pays du Calvados-Grisy, with Indication Géographique Protégée, below.
This wine: lot No. 14-05 (on front label), varietal pinot noir, part aged in barrique, Diam 5 agglomerate cork closure, 50cl, 12% abv, Hotel Mercure Shop, Val de Reuil, €20 (04/19)
Consumer tasting note: a good candidate for blind tasting, impressive was the opinion of a part-professional tasting group, with suggestions of origin including Beaujolais, Alsace, Burgundy, England, New Zealand and South Africa. Pretty much fully developed with a balance of primary red fruits morphing to a more tertiary dimension, with dried berries and red currant jelly, has seen some well-judged use of oak, giving an extra spicy edge. Finishes long.
Drink now – RTD, and will keep for 2-3 years – Wait. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity garnet, showing tears [no sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of a hint of the stables (a touch of brett), red cherry and raspberry, then stewed and dried red berries, red currant jelly, a hint of wax, spicy with a hint of oak, a touch of spicy red plum jam.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe fine grained medium tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of red currant, raspberry, cranberry juice, red currant jelly, a hint of dried red cherry, a vague woody nuance. A long length with a clean finish of fresh, then dried red berries.
Quality: good, very well balanced acidity and ripe moderate tannins with alcohol, harmonious with the better than moderate intensity and slightly lesser concentration; showing a predominantly fully developed profile of moderate complexity, with evidence of time in well integrated oak (oak, spice) and bottle (dried fruit, wax), along with the garnet hue, suggesting perhaps 5 years plus of age. Finishes just long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 2-3 years – a sound acid-tannin structure, fully developed, and showing moderate complexity with a pleasant balance of red fruits, fresh, dried and stewed, and spiciness from sensitive exposure to oak.