Chateau Massamier la Mignarde, Domus Maximus, AOC Minervois la Livinière, Hérault, Occitanie, France, 2012
This wine: lot No. L16/048 (below back label), a blend of 80% syrah with grenache noir, whole bunch fermentation, aged in new and old barrique over 12 months; coated natural cork closure, 15% abv, ex-producer, €55, special price (07/19)
Consumer tasting note: the 2000 vintage, of this, their top cuvée, was voted the best French wine, all categories, and best GSM blend worldwide at IWSC 2005. I am always skeptical of global awards, whether it’s Krufts or anything else. Nevertheless, the 2012 is a very good wine, with quite intense aromas of ripe red and black berries, with touches of vanilla, black olive and liquorice; full bodied, with high yet well integrated alcohol, a food wine, with a rich red and black cherry palate, with liquorice and a hint of leaf tea. A very long length.
Drink now – RTD, and will continue to improve over the next couple of years – Wait. No need to decant, but savour, at room temperature, over half an hour.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears [a trace of fine sediment].
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of rich red cherry jam, vanilla, squashed ripe black berry, hint of cooked strawberry, red currant jelly, hint of old polished wood, hint of candle wax, a touch earthy-black olive, hint of black liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, fine grained ripe medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, full body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth velvety texture with a sense of sweetness in mid-palate, with flavours of ripe red cherry, red currant jelly, red plum juice edged with leaf tea, black berry, black cherry, hint of warm black liquorice. A long (>40s) length, with a clean finish of red and black fruits, edged with a hint of black liquorice.
Quality: very good, perfectly balanced acidity and ripe tannins with the well integrated high(ish) alcohol, harmonious; of strong intensity, less in mid-palate, with similar concentration, showing a better than moderate developing complexity, with evidence of time in well integrated oak, some new, witnessed by the vanilla note, fruit development (cooked and dried fruit), and tertiary evolution (earth, wax), finishes resoundingly long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, drinking very well, but has potential to improve, over say 1-3 years – a sound acid-tannin backbone, well balanced, with lots of intensity, concentration and length, and a developing complexity, showing early signs of tertiary development (earth, wax), which should deepen and broaden.